Construction work along I-15 and the usual problems finding parking can mean difficulties for Brigham Young University football fans - unless they leave early.

Kickoff for the first home game, against Texas, will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, and BYU police and State Department of Transportation officials have offered a few suggestions to avoid some traffic tie-ups.The I-15 construction work is under way between Lehi and Point of the Mountain, with traffic in both directions limited to two lanes. Motorists can take an alternate route, such as Redwood Road, to U-73 and over to I-15, or use the frontage road. Utah Transit Authority also runs express buses to the games.

Preferential treatment is given to fans who take advantage of UTA bus services from Salt Lake and Davis counties. Riders are driven to the stadium, then board west of the stadium after games.

As in the past, parking lots next to the stadium are open only to pass holders. The closest public parking is at the Marriott Center, Law School, Smoot Administration Building, Richards Building, Tanner Building and on the intramural fields west of University Avenue.

Police ask that fans be considerate of residents in nearby neighborhoods. They ask that motorists avoid blocking driveways, parking on private roads parking by red curbs or in front of fire hydrants. University housing complexes also are not to be used for public parking.