Family Weekend: Getting Out of Town

Many roads become one-way streets to accommodate traffic after the game. There are four main routes from campus to access the interstate after the game:

The “Cottondale Route” and “Route 216”

Either the Cottondale Route or Route 216 is the best route to use for fans parking in the area that’s defined as south of University Boulevard to the athletic complex, east of Hackberry Lane, and west of McFarland Boulevard.

Cottondale Route

Entering Tuscaloosa via I-20/I-59

  1. Take I-20/I-59 toward Tuscaloosa.
  2. Take exit 79 Cottondale/Coaling.
  3. Proceed west (turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp) on University Boulevard East (US HWY 11).
  4. Within the city limits of Cottondale, US HWY 11 and HWY 215 split at a fork in the road. Bear right onto HWY 215, continuning on University Boulevard East.
  5. Continue west on University Bouvelard (HWY 215 S) to the UA Campus

Exiting Tuscaloosa via I-20/I-59

  1. Find your way to Jack Warner Parkway and proceed east.
  2. Continue on University Bouvelard (HWY 215 N) beyond the McFarland Boulevard intersection.
  3. Bear left at Skyland Bouvelard East while continuing on University Boulevard East (US HWY 11)
  4. Continue on University Boulevard East (US HWY 11) to I-20/59.

Route 216 (only for fans traveling from the Birmingham area)

Please note: the Highway 216 route is not a preferred route for RV’s.

Entering Tuscaloosa via I-20/I-59

  1. From Birmingham, take I-20/I-59 toward Tuscaloosa.
  2. Take exit 100.
  3. At the top of the ramp, take a right on state Route 216.
  4. Follow state Route 216 to University Boulevard East (HWY 215).
  5. At the traffic light at the intersection of HWY 216 and University Boulevard East, proceed straight ahead.
  6. Continue straight onto 15th Street East.
    (Note: 15th Street East will bear to the right just past the bridge.)
  7. Go beyond McFarland Boulevard.
  8. Turn right on 6th Avenue East or Edward Hillard Drive.
  9. Proceed to the UA Campus.

Exiting Tuscaloosa via I-20/I-59 (only for fans traveling toward the Birmingham area)

  1. From the UA Campus, travel south to 15th Street East.
  2. Continue on 15th Street East beyond McFarland Boulevard at Five Points.
  3. Continue straight towards University Boulevard East.
  4. Proceed straight beyond the traffic light at
    University Boulevard East to state Route 216.
  5. Continue on state Route 216 to I-20/I-59.

The “I-359 Route”

The I-359 Route is the best route for fans parking in the area that is defined as south of Campus Drive, north of 12th Street, east of 10th Avenue, west of Hackberry Lane, or the west side of campus.

Entering Tuscaloosa via I-20/59

  1. Take I-20/59 toward Tuscaloosa.
  2. Take exit 71 B, I-359 north.
  3. I-359 north ends onto Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard €“ continue straight on Lurleen B.Wallace Boulevard.
  4. Turn right onto Paul W. Bryant Drive or University Boulevard and travel east through downtown to the UA campus.

Exiting Tuscaloosa via I-20/59

  1. Find your way to University Boulevard or Paul W. Bear Bryant Drive (whichever is easiest) and proceed west.
  2. Continuing west, turn left onto Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South (this is a one-way street).
  3. Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South will become I-359 (No turns, just a name change).
  4. Continue on I-359 and it will lead you to I-20/59.
    • I-20/59 north toward Birmingham is to the left.
    • I-20/59 south toward Meridian is to the right.

Another alternative to utilize the I-359 Route is described below:

  1. Also, you can head westbound on Jack Warner Parkway.
  2. Continue straight past Greensboro Ave and turn left onto 28th Street.
  3. Follow 28th Street until making a left onto Stillman Ave.
  4. Continue on Stillman Ave to Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South.
  5. Turn right onto Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South which will become I-359.
  6. Continue on I-359 and it will lead you to I-20/59.
    • I-20/59 north toward Birmingham is to the left.
    • I-20/59 south toward Meridian is to the right.

The “McFarland Route”

Entering Tuscaloosa via I-20/59

  1. Take I-20/59 toward Tuscaloosa.
  2. Take exit 73 McFarland Boulevard.
  3. Proceed North on McFarland Boulevard
    • From Birmingham, right at the bottom of the exit ramp
    • From Meridian, left at the bottom of the exit ramp.
  4. Follow McFarland Boulevard  to University Boulevard.
  5. Take the University Boulevard exit.
  6. Proceed West on University Boulevard to the UA Campus.

Exiting Tuscaloosa via I-20/59

  1. Find your way to Campus Drive East and proceed east on the one-way.
  2. Continue to the McFarland Boulevard access ramp.
  3. Take a right onto the access ramp to get onto McFarland Boulevard.
  4. Continue on McFarland Boulevard, which will take you to I-20/59.
    • I-20/59 north toward Birmingham is to the left.
    • I-20/59 south toward Meridian is to the right.
  • For an alternate route to the Interstate, continue straight on McFarland Boulevard to Skyland Boulevard. For Interstate access toward Birmingham, turn left on Skyland Boulevard. For Interstate access toward Meridian, turn right on Skyland Boulevard.

For traffic heading to Montgomery, use McFarland Boulevard (US-82) South

  1. Turn right onto 6th Avenue West.
  2. Turn right onto US-82 East/AL-219.
  3. Continue on US-82 East/AL 219 to the I-65 South ramp.
  4. Merge onto I-65 South via the ramp to Montgomery