Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Oct. 19, 2010
VDOT ADVISES OF TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR RACE FANS TRAVELING TO MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
The Virginia Department of Transportation advises race fans driving to and from Martinsville Speedway for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, Oct. 24 that there are two traffic changes that may affect their travel.
First, traffic will be reduced to one lane on northbound Route 220 south of Roanoke due to work on the bridge over Back Creek. The bridge is located in Roanoke County about 3.5 miles north of the Franklin County line, south of Clearbrook. The left lane closure will impact traffic returning to Roanoke after the race, so motorists are advised to use extra caution and expect delays due to heavy traffic and congestion. Signs and message boards have been placed on Route 220 to advise motorists of the lane closure. Recent heavy rains have delayed the completion of work on the bridge.
Second, a new road has been constructed that allows speedway traffic a direct connection to and from the Route 58/Route 220 Bypass. This new access should help with traffic flow and alleviate congestion by providing race traffic another way into and out of the speedway. Signs will be in place to encourage motorists to use the new access.
VDOT will place many signs and changeable message boards throughout the region to assist travelers. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be heavy. Traffic is being routed to the speedway in certain patterns to minimize overall congestion as much as possible.
• From Roanoke and areas north of Martinsville: Race fans traveling south on Route 220 can take the exit onto Route 58 to Martinsville to reach the track or they can continue south on Route 220/Route 58 Bypass to right turn onto a new access road that leads into the speedway. Signs are in place designating the new entrance to the speedway.
• From Danville and areas east of Martinsville: Motorists on the Route 58 Bypass should follow signs directing them to use the track’s back gate. This entrance is located off the bypass, east of the track.
• From Greensboro and areas south of Martinsville: Route 220 northbound traffic will split into three lanes shortly before reaching the speedway. Motorists should watch for electronic message boards and obey police directing traffic. Through traffic should use the left lane.
• From Stuart and areas west of Martinsville: Motorists should stay on Route 58 east and follow signs and message boards to the track.
Those attending the race should closely follow directional information and plan to arrive early and expect heavy traffic and delays if returning Roanoke after the race.
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