ODOT warns OU fans of heavy construction traffic along I-35 corridor

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OKLAHOMA - We're less than 24 hours away from kick-off in Norman but, this year, the Sooner faithful will need a lot of patience making that trip to Norman.

This year, things may be a little different for Sooner fans. With major construction projects on the main interstate to get to Norman, fans in a hurry to get to the gridiron may find themselves in a gridlock.

"We would definitely advise leaving very early and planning for a lot of extra time," said Cody Boyd, spokesperson for ODOT.

Exactly what the Warner family had in mind, when they drove in from East Oklahoma.

"This is our first time to be here since the construction started," said Bill Warner, an OU parent. "Our daughter said that the construction was pretty heavy."

And, his daughter was right.

ODOT is in the middle of a 2-year construction project to reconstruct the interchanges at Lindsey street and state highway 9 East.

"The speed limits are reduced on i-35 in Norman, the lanes have shifted, some of the exits are a little bit different, and they'll look different, especially if people aren't familiar with driving through Norman on a daily basis," Boyd said.

Things to keep in mind, for tomorrow's season opener.

"Tomorrow will be crazy. It will be even be crazy hard to get here to our spot," Warner said.  "You need to get out here as early as you can.

Warnings even ODOT is giving out, to avoid hours in the traffic madness.

"I would obviously advise taking a different route," Boyd said.

"We have season tickets, so we'll be planning ahead for the next two years on all the construction," Warner said.

There will be no ongoing work through the Labor Day weekend, but that does not mean things won't be a little stop and go.

If you are going to the game, click here for a map of areas that have been added to park and ride to the stadium.

For a live look at traffic, visit our website here or the state's traffic site here.

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