Police, signs will direct drivers to WEG

About 19 Lexington police officers will be manning traffic posts along Iron Works Pike during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. That compares with about 100 officers who work the typical University of Kentucky home football game, according to Lexington police Commander Mike Blanton.

And 115 signs will direct visitors to the Games.

The signs will be posted along major roads including Interstates 64 and 75, the Bluegrass Parkway, Nicholasville Road and New Circle Road, WEG and city officials said Friday.

Jamie Link, chief executive of the World Games Foundation, urged drivers heading to the Kentucky Horse Park during the Games to heed the signs and the traffic officers because the routes might be different than the ones with which locals are familiar.

Link said between 40,000 and 50,000 spectators are expected at the park on the busiest days of the Games, which run from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10. There are about 11,000 parking spaces available, so he urged locals interested in attending the Games to take LexTran shuttles from downtown.

Parking at WEG is $20, cash only, each day. The shuttles, which leave from the transit center downtown, are $2 round-trip. An easy way, said Mayor Jim Newberry, to save $18. The shuttles will leave on the half-hour and drop patrons at the main entrance to the park.

Officials urged commuters who usually travel the I-64 and I-75 corridor or feeder roads around the Horse Park, such as Georgetown Road and Newtown Pike, to start plotting alternate routes.

If you are going to WEG, put on your walking shoes. Link said the farthest distance from the public parking lot to the front gate of the park was eight city blocks, a distance he compared to walking from Dillard's to Macy's at Fayette Mall. However, once inside the park, the venues are far flung. He said the last Games in Aachen, Germany, were held on one 36-acre site. The parking lot alone at the horse park is 40 acres.

There will be a limited number of golf carts and other vehicles to help people who have trouble getting around, including those in wheelchairs.