Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation are urging football fans and other travelers to start planning now for travel this Saturday when both major Oregon universities have home games.
"Even though the games start at different times over four hours apart, the impact of the increased traffic with football fans from Oregon and Washington may be stretched over a longer period of time affecting Interstate 5 and roads around Eugene and Corvallis," said Captain Ted Phillips, director of the OSP Patrol Services Division.
An estimated 30,000 additional vehicles converge on Interstate 5 and roads leading to Eugene and Corvallis when home games for the University of Oregon and Oregon State University occur on the same day.
Authorities say the extra traffic affects travel time and increases the potential for highway incidents and crashes. Of particular note, game day traffic slows down due to periodic heavy congestion on Interstate 5 in the Wilsonville area, the Salem area south to the Corvallis interchange, and in the Eugene/Springfield vicinity.
Because both games will end Saturday evening, Phillips also stressed the importance to be alert and drive defensively whether going short or long distances.
"No matter how far you are driving, have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle beforehand after the game," said Phillips.
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