Heed These Traffic Warnings

With traffic expected will be messy in downtown Cleveland on Thursday evening, the Browns have some tips on how to (somewhat) alleviate the pain.

People who live in bigger cities like Washington, D.C., Chicago or Los Angeles, have 10 times the crappier traffic than northeast Ohio. That said, it can get bad on the north coast, too.

Ahead of tomorrow night's preseason opener at FirstEnergy Stadium against the St. Louis Rams, the Cleveland Browns are asking media outlets like us to relay the following messages.

We're happy to oblige, because being stuck in traffic IS THE WORST.

With an Indians game also taking place downtown, and people leaving work on a weekday, fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early, leaving enough time to park at least 30 minutes prior to the 8 p.m. kickoff.

•Construction workers are resurfacing East 9th Street, which will affect inbound and outbound traffic. Please be patient and exercise caution.

•Since there is a chance of rain in the forecast, please advise fans to wear rain gear. Umbrellas will not be permitted into the stadium.

•In an effort to enhance public safety and improve stadium access, the NFL has implemented a new policy that limits the sizes and types of bags that fans can bring into the stadium. Fans are encouraged to leave bags at home or in their cars. Only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed dimensions of 12 by 6 by 12 inches will be allowed. Fist-size clutch purses or a one-gallon clear, plastic freezer bag also are allowed. Backpacks, duffle bags, suitcases, seat cushions, briefcases, coolers and comparable containers are not permitted.

More information: www.NFL.com/allclear.

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