I-35 traffic increases with Red River Rivalry game travel

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

ARDMORE, OK - Kricia Shew and Donald Gordon are driving down to see OU play Texas in Dallas and are taking a break from the traffic in Ardmore.

"Hit and miss, stop and go," said Shew. "But it hasn't been too bad yet. I think it's going to get worse the further south we go."

Since the traffic began Friday morning the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has been out in full force with a trooper every ten miles on the lookout for drunk or aggressive drivers.

"Traveling at a high rate of speed, switching lanes in and out of traffic, cutting other drivers off," said Trooper Dustin Pruitt.

But drivers on the way to the game are making another stop just south of the Oklahoma border.

They're also popping into the Texas Travel Information Center in Gainesville picking up maps, letting the kids color and meeting other fans. But the info center has another goal.

One reason the Gainesville travel stop holds this event every year is to promote safety by encouraging drivers to take a break from the road.

"This is a rest stop, enjoy some refreshment...have a good place for them to just sit down and like I said take a break from driving."

But just like that these fans are back on the road.

"We're ready to get to the hotel and get to the game tomorrow," said Mark and Teena Hollingshead, who are also driving down.

"We're looking forward to it."


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