There may be a new traffic pattern on Route 20A (Big Tree Road) after the next Buffalo Bills home game.
There are tentative plans to have eastbound traffic only on Route 20A from Drive 1 and Regional Club Drive to Route 219, Orchard Park Police Chief Mark Pacholec said Wednesday night.
A committee of representatives from New York State, Erie County, Orchard Park and the Bills has been meeting for several months to assess traffic flow, he said. They have monitored vehicle and pedestrian traffic from the ground and from the air, he said.
No westbound traffic would be allowed for 45 minutes to an hour following the games, and the eastbound motorists would travel in two lanes toward Route 219, he said. The goal is to empty the lots at and around Ralph Wilson Stadium more quickly, he said. There would be no change for pre-game traffic, he said.
“The hope is within 45 minutes to an hour, it’s done,” Pacholec said.
The Bills will host the Kansas City Chiefs at 1 p.m. Nov. 3.
A final decision would be made next week, and Pacholec sought input from Town Board members Wednesday night.
Supervisor Janis Colarusso said many locals avoid the area around the stadium on game days.
“Most people know the congestion is there and they don’t go there,” she said.
Councilman David Kaczor suggested testing the alternate traffic pattern for the Nov. 3 game to see how it goes.
Pacholec said the aim is to test the traffic pattern this season and make adjustments in the off-season.
The chief said his concerns about gaining emergency access to the stadium have been addressed. Emergency vehicles will be parked at areas with close access, and others could travel along the shoulder of Big Tree Road, he said.