MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. The Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis on February 4th. While the excitement and the tourism are to be celebrated, the Super Bowl will also bring with it traffic headaches. The Star Tribune expects the city to see parking and traffic congestion. Local businesses have warned their employees to expect more traffic and delays as the Super Bowl date draws close. Locals have been asked to take light rail or mass transit or to give themselves more time to get to work. Some local companies have been giving their employees the option of working from home. Traffic is expected to worsen up to 10 days before the big event. One million visitors are expected to descend upon the city in the week before the Super Bowl takes place.
So, what can you do to stay safe on the roads during the Super Bowl festivities? If you don’t plan to go to the game, you may want to avoid the roads around the stadium. If you can work from home, many local employers will be letting their workers stay home, when possible. If you’re a book designer or work mostly online then this won’t be an issue but obviously, workers like those in warehouses won’t be able to do this. The Star Tribune reports that a 2-block security perimeter around the stadium will be closed. The area near Nicollet Mall and the Convention Center is also expected to be impacted by Super Bowl festivities. Secondly, if you must drive during Super Bowl week, be sure to give yourself extra time to get to your destination. You may also want to take parking into consideration, as parking areas may be more congested or full. Finally, weather should also be taken into account. If the Minneapolis area sees snowy or blizzard conditions, traffic conditions will be exacerbated by the game. If temperatures are cold, individuals planning to travel should also bring warm clothes and snacks, and bring a cell phone to call for help should your car get stranded.
In general, drivers should take common driving precautions during Super Bowl week. Plan your route ahead of time. Put down the cell phone while driving. Plan your parking, if you plan to drive anywhere near the Super Bowl event itself or drive around areas where festivities will be taking place. Finally, drivers should plan for the weather. Increased traffic might create an increased risk of car accidents, which could leave drivers stranded or can leave drivers stuck in longer traffic than they may expect. Driving in winter or snowy conditions requires additional caution. Drive slowly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association recommends that drivers ensure their cars are winter ready. When on the road, remember that it can take longer to stop in icy or snowy conditions. Don’t tailgate any vehicle and give yourself enough space to stop.
Finally, if you do get into an accident, know your rights. The Law Office of Martin T. Montilino is a personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota who offers qualified legal representation to those who have been involved in a car accident or who have suffered a personal injury due to another person’s negligence or neglect. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you may only have a limited amount of time to seek damages under the law. Visit us at https://www.martinmontilino.com/ to learn more.