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Bills announce a change to postgame traffic pattern

There will be a new egress process for traffic leaving Ralph Wilson Stadium following home games for the Buffalo Bills, beginning Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Bills announced today that a portion of Big Tree Road (Route 20A) will be closed to westbound traffic during postgame only.

At the start of the fourth quarter, about 3:30 p.m., Route 20A will be closed for about two hours -- or until traffic clears. For 1 p.m. games like Sunday, that means the road is expected to be closed until about 5:30 p.m.

"We embarked on an extensive traffic study and the findings led us to this change to our postgame egress process as a response to feedback we have received from season-ticket holders and fans, surrounding neighbors, and from those team members involved with parking cars and directing traffic," said Andy Major, the Bills' vice president of event operations and guest experience, in a press release explaining the change. "One of the top issues from our fans regarding the game-day experience has been the delays in leaving the stadium postgame and, quite frankly, it’s been a challenge.  But with the tremendous input and assistance from various government agencies with a working knowledge of traffic flow, local law enforcement and additional groups, we're confident that this will be a very positive step in that process."

More from the Bills on the change:

    The adjustment will continue to allow for the safe egress of pedestrian traffic in utilizing the shoulders of both sides of Big Tree Road (Route 20A).  This will also allow the Erie County Sheriff to safely open and use both lanes for eastbound traffic from Drive One on Big Tree Road (Route 20A), toward California Road and Route 219.  Fans parking their cars in Lot 1, Lot A, Fieldhouse Lot or in the surrounding private lots along this route should follow proper signage and security instruction to exit parking lots onto Big Tree Road (Route 20A) in an eastbound direction only.  

Fans parking cars in the private lots west of the pedestrian crosswalk at Drive One on Big Tree Road (Route 20A) will be directed west toward Abbott Road to avoid conflicts with the pedestrian and vehicle egress from Drive One and Regional Drive on Big Tree Road.  Other vehicles parking in the private lots east of Drive One on Big Tree Road (Route 20A) will be directed east toward California Road and Route 219.

    Fans will see signage posted for detours and directional information for those vehicles traveling in the area.

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