Saturday, August 31, 2013

OU Fans Advised to Plan for Heavy Traffic

The University of Oklahoma football team is not the only group that needs a game plan Saturday. Fans traveling to Norman for the game need one, too.

Ongoing construction work on Interstate 35 may cause traffic delays, and new requirements on what spectators can and cannot carry into the stadium may cause frustration at the gate. Fans would do well to plan ahead, police and OU officials said.

Kickoff for the Sooners' season opener with the University of Louisiana-Monroe is 6 p.m. Saturday.

Norman police advise motorists to allow plenty of time to get to the Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for kickoff. Police also recommend motorists take alternate routes that may help reduce traffic delays.

The biggest areas of concern are:

The I-35 overpass at Main Street, where entrance and exit ramps are closed because of work on the interchange.

The Canadian River bridge on I-35, just south of the State Highway 9E and Lindsey Street exits, where the roadway is narrowed to two lanes in both directions.

Northbound travelers to Norman should use State Highway 9 or Lindsey Street to access the stadium, police said. (The Oklahoman)
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