The much-anticipated Ryder Cup gets underway this week and with it comes a heads up for motorists: Expect lots and lots of extra traffic in Chaska and Shakopee.
Officials are an expecting extra 10,000 to 14,000 vehicles per day on routes leading to designated parking locations for the tournament as the best U.S. and international golfers tee off at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska. Practice rounds begin Tuesday and match play starts on Friday.
Traffic is anticipated to be heaviest during morning rush hour on both directions of Hwy. 169, County Road 101 and around Canterbury Park where a vast majority of spectators will be directed to park. Shuttle buses will take fans from there to the golf course, adding to the number of vehicles on the road.
To ease congestion, Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight is urging people to carpool whenever possible.
A number of roads immediately adjacent to the golf course on Hazeltine Boulevard will be closed.
"Do not think that you can take a taxi to Hazeltine, park in a nearby business or neighborhood, or be dropped off at the curb,” Knight said.
Shuttle buses will run from Canterbury Park from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Plan on 30 minutes from the time you park your car to the time you arrive at the gate.
SouthWest Transit will provide service from four locations for spectators and volunteers who are being dropped-off, walking, or biking: SouthWest Village, Chanhassen High School, East Creek Station and Carver Station. Round trip rides are $5, but don't expect to park the stations. Only those with proper credentials/hang tags issued though SouthWest Transit and the PGA of America will be able to park on site.
Metro Transit will provide service between downtown Minneapolis and Hazeltine each day of the event