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Gameday traffic from a bird's eye view

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- We took an exclusive look at gameday traffic from a helicopter. The Indiana State Police said drivers will notice a couple new roundabouts when they come to games this year. The new traffic pattern set up by police and INDOT looked like a great success. There was traffic around lunch time, but for the most part, it was smooth sailing. Trent Smith with the Indiana State Police said he hopes people will turn off their GPS when they get into the city, and listen to the police who are directing traffic.Trent Smith said, "Stay in your lane, there’s going to be officers manning every roundabout, so follow their direction. Last thing are the pedestrian crossings. They will have flashing yellow and red lights, just make sure you obey them so they can safely cross the road.” Police said the roundabouts will help traffic move faster because people won't have to stop. State road 23 will also be expanded to four lanes eventually. ISP planned to go up in a helicopter to tweet about the traffic today, but they were unable to because of bad weather. Smith said, “You’re looking at an eight hour period to bring fifty to sixty thousand vehicles and one hundred thousand people into the area. After the game everybody wants to leave within an hour or two, so we just ask for your patience.” He said the fastest way to get out of South Bend is to park far away and walk. Smith said, "You're going to pay more to park closer with a shorter walk before and after the game, but you are going to have to wait a little bit longer to get out.”

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