Heavy traffic expected for state wrestling tournament


ALYX: RIGHT NOW, DOWNTOWN DES
MOINES IS BRACING FOR AN INFLUX
OF VISITORS. THE BIG STATE WRESTLING
TOURNAMENT IS UNDERWAY THROUGH
THIS WEEKEND. KCCI’S LAUREN DONOVAN IS LIVE
OUTSIDE WELLS FARGO ARENA. YOU ARE ON TOP OF THE MAJOR
DECISION TO ESCAPE THE TRAFFIC
TIE-UPS, RIGHT? LAUREN: HOPEFULLY WE COULD HELP
OUT, ERIC. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED
TO ARRIVE HERE IN DES MOINES. AND ALREADY OUTSIDE THERE HAS
BEEN PLENTY OF ACTION. YOU CAN SEE TO THE RIGHT THAT
PARKING BOOTH IS IN OPERATION
WITH PEOPLE COMING AND GOING AND
AREA HOTELS EXPECTED TO BE
PACKED. TODAY MARKS THE START OF THE
STATE DUALS COMPETITION. THEN THE FIRST TRADITIONAL MATCH
OF THE TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF 9:00
A.M. TOMORROW. THE FINALS, SCHEDULED FOR
SATURDAY NIGHT, HAVE SOLD OUT
FOR THE PAST 32 STRAIGHT YEARS. IT’S A PRETTY RELIABLE MEASURE
OF THE CONGESTION YOU CAN EXPECT
IN AND AROUND THE ARENA. NOW THE SHEER VOLUME OF VISITORS
, IS EXPECTED TO CREATE DELAYS,
BOTH IN YOUR MORNING AND EVENING
COMMUTES. SO DES MOINES POLICE SUGGEST YOU
TAKE AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE IN AND
OUT OF DOWNTOWN. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU TRAVEL ON
I-235, TRAVELERS FROM THE WEST
SHOULD EXIT AT KEO WAY OR
SEVENTH STREET. ANYONE COMING IN FROM THE EAST,
PULL OFF ON EAST 14TH STREET OR
6TH STREET EXITS. ALSO THAT’S JUST THE FIRST OF A
, NUMBER OF BUSY WEEKENDS TO
COME. I KNOW ALYX WILL BRING YOU UP TO
SPEED. LIVE AT WELLS FARGO AREN

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