Races at Charlotte Motor Speedway expected to bring delays on area
CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing
for race events at Charlotte Motor Speedway that will generate significant
delays in northeast Mecklenburg County and southwest Cabarrus County May 15-25.
The heaviest traffic is expected on I-85, U.S. 29, N.C. 49 and Bruton Smith
NCDOT will utilize
overhead message signs and portable message signs to alert motorists of problem
areas and suggested alternate routes around incidents and congestion. The
Department advises motorists to check for real time traffic information by
calling 511, by signing up for updates on Twitter, or by using NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT
website found at m.ncdot.gov.
The following are suggested routes for motorists to get to
- For motorists traveling from South Carolina: Take I-77 North
to the I-485 outer loop (Exit 1B) to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) or N.C. 49
North (Exit 33).
- For motorists traveling from west of Charlotte: Take I-85
North to I-485 (Exit 48) to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) or N.C. 49 (Exit 33).
An alternate route is I-85 North to Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) to Pitts
School Road to U.S. 29 South. Through traffic should remain in the left
two lanes of I-85 North to avoid delays near Exit 49.
- For motorists traveling from east of Charlotte: Take the I-485
outer loop to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) or N.C. 49 North (Exit 33).
- For motorists traveling from north of Charlotte: Take I-85
South to Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) to Pitts School Road to U.S. 29 South.
Commuters who use I-85 can expect delays Friday afternoon,
May 23, and should adjust driving time if possible, or use an alternate route.
Additionally, on Sunday, May 25, officials will limit access from I-85 to Exit
49 at approximately 10 p.m.
Motorists who do not need to travel near the speedway during
race events are asked to avoid the area. After race events, all traffic will be
directed away from the speedway. Motorists are encouraged to plan where to park
before arriving, as they will not be allowed to travel toward the speedway.