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Myrtle Avenue not fully open before Helias game, but parking accessible

Myrtle Avenue not fully open before Helias game, but parking accessible

Entire street to open by end of game

August 18th, 2017 by News Tribune in Local News

Construction of Helias' new stadium and support infrastructure is nearly complete as the high school prepares to start classes next week. Electricians were running wire for lighting Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 while fence installers worked to enclose the buildings. Across the street from the athletic complex, concrete was being poured to form the outer edge of the parking lot that was torn out in order to construct the tunnel that connects the school grounds to the stadium.

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

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Part of Myrtle Avenue will be open by the start of Helias Catholic High School's season-opening football game Friday evening at the new Ray Hentges Stadium, and city officials expect the entire street to be open by the end of the game.

Fans should be able to access the parking lots entering Myrtle Avenue from Stadium Drive, but will not be able to access the stadium itself by vehicle until after the game, Jefferson City Engineer David Bange said.

"If you want to go to the stadium, you could still enter by going to Missouri Boulevard and then get onto Kansas Street," Bange said.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, the road remained closed, Bange said.

Bange said the portion of Myrtle from Stadium Boulevard to the northern leg of Swifts Highway would be open by 3 p.m. Friday.

Construction crews plan to have the section of Myrtle between the northern leg of Swifts Highway to Linden Drive closed through the beginning of the football game, but to open it after the game has begun — meaning all of Myrtle will be open for traffic when fans leave the game.

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