Thursday, December 3, 2009

Civil War Game - traffic issues

CORVALLIS/EUGENE, Ore. -- Many Duck fans in Eugene won't have to do too much driving because the game is at Autzen. Yet for Beaver fans coming down from Corvallis, the real challenge isn't the game but the drive.

With a sold-out Autzen Stadium, ODOT says they're expecting an extra 12,000-15,000 vehicles on Interstate 5. So, law enforcement agencies like Oregon State Police will patrol the highways that lead to the Civil War. They say the extra traffic means more chances for disaster.

Officials are urging traveling fans to start their trip early, have a designated driver, and know their limits. Yet some veteran Beaver believers have their own secret routes, but they're not telling where they are. Many of the Beaver fans we spoke with say they may head down to Eugene Wednesday and stay at a hotel. Others say they'll spend the night Thursday so they can celebrate.

ODOT wants game day travelers to be aware of a couple roadway changes that will affect traffic:

* Pioneer Parkway exit of Interstate 105 will be closed for an hour after the game to help control Springfield area traffic. A variable message sign will be posted at the exit and in other locations to advise drivers of potential problems or travel changes.
* Construction on the new Willamette River Bridge replacement has led to a closure of the Franklin Boulevard on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5. The detour will be signed but it will affect fans leaving Eugene for points south.

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