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Patrols Increase on Highway to Super Bowl

February 1, 2006

CLEVELAND (AP) _ The road to the Super Bowl runs through Ohio for Pittsburgh Steelers fans _ at least those driving to the game in Detroit.

The Ohio Turnpike is quickest route for the 4 1/2-hour, 285-mile trip from the Steel City to the Motor City. With that in mind, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is gearing up for the anticipated Black-and-Gold caravan.

State troopers have increased their patrols, including more radar to help enforce the speed limit, said Sgt. Tony Bradshaw, a spokesman for the highway patrol.

He insisted it isn’t a plot by disgruntled Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals fans to slap Pittsburgh fans with speeding tickets.

``We’re out there to make sure traffic is running smoothly regardless of whatever alliances someone may have,″ he said. ``We want everyone to get to where they’re going smoothly and safely.″

Turnpike spokeswoman Lauren Hakos said the agency will increase staffing at a few key interchanges leading into Michigan to collect tolls.

Pittsburgh fans taking the most direct route will pay $6.55 for a one-way toll.