Two home games = 30K extra cars on I-5

EUGENE, Ore. - State officials expect an extra 30,000 vehicles on Interstate 5 and other roads leading to Eugene and Corvallis this Saturday for home games for the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.

Both schools have home games on the same day the first two games of the season and on two other future dates.

The extra traffic affects travel time and increases the potential for problems on the road, Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

In Eugene, the Pioneer Parkway exit ramp from eastbound Highway 126 (Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway) will be closed for approximately 90 minutes after an Oregon game. Motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 126 are encouraged to take the Mohawk Boulevard exit and use Q Street to access north Springfield area.

In Corvallis, game day changes include:

  • The signal timing on Highway 34 has been adjusted to allow more traffic to pass through intersections.
  • After an OSU game, motorists at the South Bypass will be restricted from turning west into town but will enjoy a fulltime green light for turning east onto Highway 34.
  • Motorists on the Van Buren Bridge traveling east on Highway 34 will not have to stop at the intersection.

OSP and ODOT also offer these simple safety tips and reminders:

  • Start putting together your traveling game plan now before the season starts
  • On game day: leave early, be patient and alert so you can react to sudden stops in traffic, quick lane changes by other vehicles, and leave plenty of distance between you and others on the road
  • Keep current on road and travel conditions by visiting, calling 5-1-1, and listening for radio traffic-related news and updates
  • Avoid distractions and don't talk or text on cell phones when driving
  • Buckle up every trip, every time
  • Have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle before and after the game

State, county and city police along with ODOT encourage reporting any possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).