Drivers dodge I-35 traffic ahead of Big 12 Championship game

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Hundreds of college football fans are expected to drive through Central Texas for the Big 12 Conference championships between Texas and Oklahoma. Some drivers were lucky to beat the I-35 nightmare Friday night.

Starting at 11:30 p.m. Friday, northbound and southbound lanes will be closed off in Temple causing overnight delays.

With many people on the road for the big game, customers are packing in to grab the iconic bakery desserts at the Czech Stop. 

“Anytime Texas and OU play its going to end up bringing the crowd,” manager Anissa Adamson said.

Drivers like Christopher Kluck wanted to get a head start on the trip from Austin. He says he was worried about bumper to bumper traffic in problem areas on I-35 where there’s heavy construction, like Temple. 

“It’s going to feel good when we are tailgating tomorrow morning before the game and getting ready for a big win,” Kluck said. “There’s always a concern with 50 thousand people coming from Austin to go to Dallas. With the way 35 is, if there is an accident it can throw everything off.”

Driver Anna Carter says they were lucky to make a stop as she noticed traffic beginning to pile up. 

“There is going to be some construction and some traffic but we feel pretty good,” Carter said. I used the Waze app so I tried to avoid different shut downs and traffic and all that good stuff and we are aware there is a lot of construction. That just comes with driving on I-35.”

Other travelers like James Lee Turner already taking detours south of Temple.

“We were fortunate that we could bypass Round Rock,” Turner said. “Traffic was one lane only.”

Some fans happy to beat the traffic jam, in time for kickoff.

“Show up early. Be loud. Stay late and wear orange,” Kluck said.

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