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Traffic management, adequate parking and public safety are a priority for St. Ambrose. 

The Traffic and Parking Study included a variety of peak (worst case scenario) traffic conditions as they would relate to the proposed complex. The study found that vehicle access and level of service on Central Park Avenue for the 10 to 12 large-scale events each year could be well-managed with the use of uniformed police officers.

For the 10 to 12 large events, paved and permeable-paved parking spots, combined with overflow grass parking, would provide the recommended 575 spots (based on Institute of Transportation Engineering's Parking Generation data). This is actually more parking than required by City code. Secondary overflow parking would be available on campus.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What about traffic along the Western Avenue alley?
How would traffic be routed and managed during heavy periods?
Would new stoplights or a turn-lane be constructed?
Would there be shuttle services created or bus routes expanded?
How long would it take to clear out traffic after a football game?
Would current entrance need to be wider?
What would stop fans from parking in the neighborhoods?
Who would ensure parking laws and guidelines are enforced?
Who picks up the garbage after parking on the street?
What about students and fans crossing our yards to get to practice or games?
What about students and fans? What happens if they disrupt our neighborhood?
How many cars can be parked on the property?
Can that number of parking spaces support the number of people who attend games?

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What about traffic along the Western Avenue alley?
The only entrance to the property would become the one off of Central Park. The practice fields and stadium would become inaccessible from the Western Street alley.

How would traffic be routed and managed during heavy periods?
Event day management would include uniformed traffic directors to manage traffic and minimize impact. SAU personnel would meet annually with representatives from Assumption High School, the Davenport Police Department and the City of Davenport Traffic Division to discuss traffic flow issues during large-scale events.

Would new stoplights or a turn-lane be constructed?
Although the traffic study does not indicate the need for either, the university would work with the City to further determine their possible value or necessity.

Would there be shuttle services created or bus routes expanded?
The parking study indicates adequate parking for even the largest events. In addition, the University's main campus is only three blocks to the south. Athletes and students using the complex would be encouraged to walk or bike to practices, games and other events. It would be difficult to encourage the use of mass transit for large competitions, as these would typically be held on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, when the transit system is not running.

How long would it take to clear out traffic after a football game?
According to traffic studies completed by Missman, Inc., the flow of traffic on Central Park Avenue would not be impacted significantly, as long as traffic direction was provided during high volume events at the stadium. The University has added a condition to the PID application that would require the use of uniformed police officers to direct traffic before and after large events at the stadium (AHS and SAU football games).

Would current entrance need to be wider?
Studies have shown that with our game day management plan—including the use of ttraffic directors—the current entrance would be able to handle the flow of traffic.

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What would stop fans from parking in the neighborhoods?

A decision was made to fence the development so as to restrict student and visitor access from the neighborhood. The stadium could only be accessed from the parking lot, which could only be accessed from the Complex entrance off of Central Park Avenue.

Who would ensure parking laws and guidelines are enforced?
Because the development would be fenced to restrict student and visitor access from the neighborhood, it is unlikely spectators would want to park in an inconvenient location. However, at least initially, university security staff would patrol the neighborhoods around the complex during the 10-12 large-scale events at the stadium each year, directing spectators to park in the University-provided lots. This practice would be continued unless it became clear that no problem existed.

Who picks up the garbage left by fans who park on the street?
At least initially, university security staff would patrol the neighborhoods around the complex during larger-scale events at the stadium in order to direct spectators to park in University-provided lots. This would reduce the chance of garbage being left in the neighborhoods as a result of parking. Such a patrol would continue unless it became clear that no problem existed.

What about students and fans crossing our yards to get to practice or games?
The development would be fenced to restrict student and visitor access from the neighborhood, and to direct foot and car traffic to the only entrance, directly off of Central Park Avenue.

What about students and fans? What happens if they disrupt our neighborhood?
The university has in place conduct expectations for students attending sporting events. We would also provide security officers, as is our current practice at Brady Street Stadium. In addition, the development would be fenced to restrict student and visitor access from—or to—the neighborhood, and to direct foot and car traffic to the only entrance/exit, directly off of Central Park Avenue.

How many cars can be parked on the property?
Parking would include 508 surface parking spots and 75-100 grass spots, given the reduction of the size of the stadium. These numbers fulfill City of Davenport ordinance 17.44.010.13 (Parking spaces - Designated), requiring a stadium to have one parking space for each five seats in the stadium.

Can that number of parking spaces support the number of people who attend games?
Based on data taken from the Institute of Transportation Engineering's Parking Generation (4th Edition), the complex would need 575 spaces. City of Davenport ordinance 17.44.010.13 (Parking spaces - Designated) requires one parking space for each five seats in the stadium, which translates to 500 seats.