Maps abound on how to get to various venues during the February Olympics, but Utahns will still have to carry on with their daily errands during the 17-day international event.

To that end, local hospitals and public service agencies are distributing maps and helpful hints on how to get around town and take care of business during the Games.

"We'll be at full capacity, and we'll continue as normally as we can during the Olympics," LDS Hospital spokesman Jess Gomez said. "We just want to help."

Gomez said maps describing how to access the Avenues facility have been sent out to physicians around the state who may send patients there. There are also directional guides available for Cottonwood Hospital and other clinics, Gomez said.

"What we've done is put together a map for the optimal routes, essentially guiding them around major areas impacted by the Olympics," he said.

The map shows lane closures, reduced capacity and partially restricted areas, and advises everyone, wherever possible, to avoid the downtown area between 2 p.m. and 2 a.m. The map's main feature is a suggested route for patients coming from each direction. Some routes involve City Creek Canyon, which will be a two-way road for the Games, Gomez said.

If coming from the outside of the Wasatch Front area, patients should allot one to two extra hours in travel time. If coming into Salt Lake City from within the Wasatch Front and not during peak traffic times, one hour should be plenty, Gomez said.

"If people follow the routes we're suggesting, the disruptions should be pretty minimal because they'll skirt the downtown Olympic venue locations," he said.

Officials at the University Hospital on University of Utah campus don't expect traffic to be a problem for most of the Games. But on Feb. 6, 7, 8 and 24, days revolving around the opening and closing ceremonies, congestion may be severe, University Hospital spokeswoman Kim Wirthlin said.

"Other than that, getting to the hospital shouldn't be a problem if they just plan carefully," she said.

The hospital also sent out letters, maps and tips to patients with appointments during the Olympics suggesting that they add 15 to 20 minutes to their travel time.

Wirthlin said both North Campus Drive and Wasatch Drive will be open for most of the Games. The exception is that part of Wasatch will be closed for ceremonies Feb. 8 and 24, she said.

The Salt Lake City-County Building is "basically an unofficial Olympic venue," said the Salt Lake mayor's communications director Josh Ewing. It will be home to concerts and food vendors throughout the Games.

Those who need to take care of business inside, such as paying for speeding tickets, can do so from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ewing said. They will also have to pass through a metal detector, and no large bags will be allowed inside.

In coordination with (utahcommuterlink.com ) and the Olympic Transportation Guide, sponsored in part by the Utah Department of Transportation and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Ewing said the city encourages people to use the free Olympic shuttle system and park-and-ride lots. Radio ads were to start airing Wednesday informing listeners about how to get downtown and to the torch ceremony to be held there Feb. 7, Ewing said.

"It's a great festival, pay your bill, and come and party," he said.

He also said many payments can be taken care of online at www.slcgov.com.

"The major thing we're trying to get people to understand is, it's just going to be much more convenient for people not to use their cars," he said. "We need people to use the transportation system."

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