If you're headed to Louisville for Kentucky's NCAA basketball game against Hampton Thursday, take some advice and go early.
Louisville city officials are urging basketball fans to come early and plan for parking in advance if possible.
They cited major construction on the Ohio River bridges project and flooding on some streets caused by recent high water on the river, which could pose problems for traffic and parking.
You can find a list of traffic details and Louisville streets affected by construction at Kyinbridges.com/downtown-crossing/get-around/traffic-updates.
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You can get a picture of available parking in real time by using the Twitter hashtag #louparking, Louisville city officials said. It will show city and privately owned parking lots and garages that have open spots available. You can simply search for the hashtag on Twitter, officials said.
KFC Yum Center, where the NCAA Tournament games will be played, is in downtown Louisville at 1 Arena Plaza, bordered by Second and Third streets. Streets affected by construction are several blocks east of the arena, and largely centered along the Interstate 65 corridor from the Kennedy Bridge to Muhammad Ali Boulevard, officials said.
Chris Poynter, spokesman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, said Wednesday morning that flooding shouldn't hinder access to the Yum Center itself. High water could pose problems farther down River Road, which runs behind the arena along the Ohio River, he said.
"Part of that is closed and part of it is open, but the arena itself is not impacted," Poynter said. "The biggest thing is to get here early. Since we have the bridges project under construction, it's going to take a little longer. We're telling fans, get here early and enjoy downtown restaurants and attractions."
Poynter said parking will be in short supply Thursday with the many visitors, plus people working in downtown.
To further complicate things, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit various places in Louisville on Friday.