Police: Two home games mean 30K extra cars on I-5 Saturday

EUGENE, Ore. - With Oregon and Oregon State at home this Saturday hosting Washington and Washington State, state police expect as many as 30,000 additional vehicles on Interstate 5 and southern Willamette Valley roads.

"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 Oregon State Police Patrol Services Division.

The Beavers play the Cougars at 3 p.m. at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

The Ducks play the Huskies at 7:30 p.m. at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.

The extra traffic affects travel time and increases the potential for highway incidents and crashes, state police said.

The worst spots: I-5 near Wilsonville; I-5 from Salem to the Corvallis exit; and the Eugene/Springfield vicinity.

Master Sergeant Lang Hinkle with Oregon State Police had a few tips for travelers.

"Time your departure so you're not hitting those areas an hour or two before the game time starts and you'll probably experience less congestion," said Hinkle. "We ask folks to be patient, watch your following distance, and know where your exits are.

Because both games will end Saturday evening, Phillips 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 before and after the game," said Phillips.