NORMAN — All Interstate 35 interchanges are open for traffic heading to the University of Oklahoma’s 2014 football season opener Saturday, the Norman Police Department reports.
Reconstruction of the I-35/Lindsey Street interchange has begun, but all lanes are open. Police remind drivers to be watchful of workers, safety barriers and road construction signs.
Significant construction is underway on State Highway 9 along the four-mile stretch between Classen Boulevard and 48th Avenue SE. Traffic is restricted to one lane both eastbound and westbound, which will cause substantial delays in the area, police said.
Officers will provide pregame traffic assistance along Lindsey Street from I-35 to Elm Avenue. Post-game support will focus on westbound Lindsey Street traffic and motorists traveling east to 12th Avenue SE and northward. Drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes if possible.
Drivers shouldn’t drink alcoholic beverages and are responsible to make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts.
Kick off time is 6 p.m. Police encourage drivers to come early and park legally.
Areas immediately around the campus are barricaded in several locations. Parking adjacent to the stadium is by permit only. Parking violations can result in towing.
Drivers are warned not to block sidewalks and to use caution when parking on private property. Police occasionally receive reports of people collecting money for parking on private property they do not own or lease. The rightful owner or lessee can call for the cars to be towed away.