October 19 Travel Impacts due to National Policy Institute Event


A representative from the National Policy Institute is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida’s (UF) Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 19 between 2:30-4:30 p.m. This event will affect local traffic patterns and bus service.

The University of Florida, in coordination with local, regional and state agencies, will close parts of Hull Road, Bledsoe Drive, Surge Area Drive and Natural Area Drive. Other temporary road closures may occur around the UF campus before, during or after the event, as needed.

As part of the comprehensive safety plan for Oct. 19, a portion of Southwest 34th Street will be closed for vehicle traffic between Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest 20th Avenue. The road will close at 10 a.m., and is expected to reopen at 9 p.m. Other north/south corridors will be available during those times, such as Southwest 62nd Blvd and Southwest 13th Street.

Residents of the apartment complexes south of Southwest Second Avenue will be able to access those complexes from Southwest 34th Street. People traveling to/from the UF Orthopaedics Institute, Museum Walk Apartments and the Hilton UF Conference Center can utilize Hull Road to Southwest 38th Terrace to Southwest 20th Avenue. Non-residents are encouraged to seek an alternate route during that time.

Regional Transit System (RTS) will close routes 117, 118, 119 and 125 for the entire day.  Routes 20, 21, 28 and 33 will be detoured to Archer Road, then to 23rd Drive and then resuming their normal route. Route 34 will detour to Archer Road, to Gale Lemerand Drive, to Stadium Drive and resume its normal route. There will be no service to the Center for the Performing Arts. Additional detours may occur as needed.  For up-to-the-minute updates, please visit or follow them on Facebook.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and tolerance during this time and remind everyone to act in a civilly responsible way. If you choose to participate in any fashion, please immediately comply with any orders issued by law enforcement.  If you see any suspicious activity or items, please report them to 352-955-1818.  In there is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

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