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Heavy traffic, orange barrels ahead for Texas-Oklahoma game travel

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Submitted by the Texas Department of Transportation 

AUSTIN -As thousands of football fans converge on North Texas this weekend for the Red River Rivalry game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners, transportation officials urge motorists to use caution navigating heavy traffic and active construction zones. 

“No one likes road delays any more than they like game delays. 

“Motorists should plan their trip in advance and keep up to date on highway conditions at www.my35.org,” said John Barton, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) interim executive director. 

“Particularly with the amount of construction taking place in Central Texas, motorists should use extra caution in work zones and reduce any in-car activities that distract from the task at hand—driving to the Metroplex safely.” 

Motorists can ease the trip by doing the following: 

• Expect delays. Leave early to allow for delays. 

• Do not drink and drive. Always designate a sober driver. 

• Buckle up and secure all passengers in the vehicle, as required by Texas law. 

• Be patient and take your time. Being in a rush can decrease safety. 

• Drive for the road conditions. 

Adjust vehicle speeds to traffic and weather conditions. 

• Avoid distractions for the driver. Never text and drive. 

TxDOT and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have no lane closures planned between Oklahoma City and Austin during peak travel periods, and work will stop on most I-35 projects from early Friday morning until late Monday evening. 

However, motorists traveling to and from the game will encounter more than 30 miles of construction in Central Texas with some lane width reductions along the corridor that may contribute to traffic slowdowns and delays. 

For motorists traveling on I-35 from the Central and South Texas areas, traffic delays are more likely in locations where lanes transition from three to two—northbound in Temple at Crest Drive just north of Waco and southbound in Hillsboro and Belton. 

Additionally, crowded roadways both north and south of Dallas will call for patience from motorists. 

The agency began a $2 billion highway improvement initiative several years ago to expand I-35 from four to six lanes from Hillsboro to San Antonio. 

So far, TxDOT has completed widening of 18.5 miles of the 64-mile I-35 project.

Another 30 miles is in construction and an additional 37 miles of construction will begin in 2012. 

For Oklahoma traffic advisory information, visit www.odot.org and click Traffic Advisories, or follow @OKDOT on Twitter. 

For Texas road conditions, visit: bit.ly/TxRoads or www.my35.org, or call the TxDOT road conditions line at 1-800-452-9292. 

Each TxDOT region will keep their twitter feed updated with the latest highway conditions throughout the weekend. 

Follow @I35Travel or @TxDOT for statewide information, or visit www.txdot.gov/news/twitter_feeds.htm for a list of regional twitter feeds. 

For more information call TxDOT’s Government & Public Affairs Division at (512) 463-8700. 



The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail and public transportation across the state. 

TxDOT and its approximately 12,000 employees strive to empower local leaders to solve local transportation problems, and to use new financial tools, including tolling and public-private partnerships, to reduce congestion and pave the way for future economic growth while enhancing safety, improving air quality and preserving the value of the state’s transportation assets. 

Find out more at www.txdot.gov. 

Fan us on Facebook www.facebook.com/txdot. Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/txdot. 

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