Raleigh - If you are not attending N.C. State's season-opening game against William & Mary at Carter-Finley Stadium on Thursday night, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the State Highway Patrol are encouraging you to avoid traveling near the stadium area.
Although the game doesn't start until 7:30 p.m., gates open at 2:30 p.m. so plenty of tailgating traffic is expected through the afternoon. Adding to the congestion will be the usual heavy afternoon commuter traffic along Interstate 440, Wade Avenue and other local roads such as Blue Ridge, Hillsborough, Trinity and Edwards Mill.
The State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will be directing game traffic, and drivers need to slow down and use extra caution near the stadium, and should also watch for pedestrians crossing roads.
Traffic message boards will be posted today and tomorrow to remind motorists about expected congestion related to the game. d. Drivers can check on roadway conditions ahead of time in the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or sign up for updates on Twitter.