Posted: Sep 6, 2012 1:43 PM by Cody Lee Heyveld
Updated: Sep 6, 2012 2:40 PM
COLUMBIA — The Missouri Department of Transportation is expecting heavier traffic on Missouri's interstates and major routes this weekend. Football fans will be traveling to and from Columbia to watch the Missouri Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the first Southeastern Conference football game in Mizzou history.
Given the capacity of the crowd expected and the fact that some out-of-state travelers might be coming to Columbia for Saturday's game, MoDOT said they will have staff on hand to handle emergency maintenance situations. According to Central District Engineer Dave Silvester, MoDOT will also help with traffic control if necessary.
This year, football fans will be welcomed to Columbia by messages on the digital interstate signs that say, "Welcome fans, travel safe, Arrive Alive."
"We're proud to play a role in helping ensure a positive experience for Missouri travelers, as well as visitors to our state," Silvester said.
MoDOT also suggests motorists check road conditions before they travel by visiting the Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org or by calling MoDOT's customer service.