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Biggest Clemson Traffic Jam Still to Come

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Although Thursday night’s Clemson game has been clogging roadways since the afternoon, Highway Patrol troopers say the roads will be even more packed starting around 11 p.m. Although Thursday night’s Clemson game has been clogging roadways since the afternoon, Highway Patrol troopers say the roads will be even more packed starting around 11 p.m.
CLEMSON, S.C. -

The biggest traffic jam of the day is on its way.

Although Thursday night’s Clemson game has been clogging roadways since the afternoon, Highway Patrol troopers say the roads will be even more packed starting around 11 p.m.

Troopers say it’s likely there will be more traffic than after a Saturday game because many fans still have to work Friday.

It could take two to four hours for tens of thousands of cars to leave Clemson.

About 100 troopers are directing traffic in Clemson and helping pedestrians cross the streets safely.

Highway Patrol, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and Clemson Police all say they’re treating it like a Saturday game. The only difference is Clemson Police went out to their posts an hour or two early.

When you're a diehard fan like Will Coleman, you have to take extreme measures to prevent traffic from interfering with game day. His understanding boss let him off work for the day.

“My boss knows I'm a Clemson fan, so he's a low maintenance guy. He was fine with it,” said Coleman.

Schools in Pickens County and Anderson 4 got out early Thursday, pointing to worries about safety. District leaders said it would be impossible for buses and student drivers to get home at a reasonable time.

But it wasn't early enough for some parents like Richie Senn, who picked up his son even earlier than the dismissal time.

“We're leaving a little bit early so we can beat the crowd to the game,” said Senn.

Highway Patrol warned drivers to stay off the road between 1:00 and 3:00, when schools were getting out and tailgaters were rolling in.

“We're going home, we're not coming back out because, I'm telling you, it is terrible out here,” said driver Shirley Hopkins. “It’s never been like this on a Thursday. It is awful.”

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