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March 20, 2017 9:09 AM

04/21/17 (Pole Day), 04/22/17 (Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 3

The NASCAR Race Weekends at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) add a considerable volume of traffic to the area.

The NASCAR Race Weekends at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) add a considerable volume of traffic to the area. Motorists should expect heavier traffic loads in the BMS vicinity and on the race traffic routes leading to and from the speedway (Volunteer Parkway, Commonwealth Avenue, Highway 11E, Exide Drive, Highway 394, Highway 421, Highway 390, Virginia Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Anderson Street bridge, Lee Highway, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) during this period and plan their trips accordingly.

Traffic control for Pole Day events at BMS on Friday, April 21, will be characterized by police directing traffic in the immediate vicinity of BMS itself.

Early on Saturday, April 22, Sweet Knobs Trail between its two Highway 394 intersections will be converted to a one-way, eastbound-only roadway, and will remain so around the clock until the end of Race Weekend. Just before the races begin on Saturday and Sunday, all of the median openings on Volunteer Parkway/Highway 11E from BTES to just north of Egypt Road will be closed, and they will remain closed until the race traffic ends that evening.

Traffic signals along Volunteer Parkway, Commonwealth Avenue, Highway 11E, and Highway 394 may be placed in “flash” mode or controlled manually by police officers during the heaviest pre-race and post-race flow periods, as well as traffic signals along US 421, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and Lee Highway following the races as circumstances require.

On both Saturday and Sunday, starting no earlier than sunrise but delayed as long as possible until required by race traffic conditions, no left turns will be permitted in any direction at the intersection of Volunteer Parkway/Highway 11E and Exide Drive. Just before the race begins, Exide Drive from Volunteer Parkway/Highway 11E to the industrial plant will be converted into a one-way, westbound-only roadway, and will remain so until the race traffic ends that evening. Thus, during that time, there will be no direct access to Volunteer Parkway or Highway 11E from Exide Drive, Carden Hollow Road, or Bethel Drive.

During and after the races on both Saturday and Sunday, the portion of White Top Road between Highway 11E and Highway 394 will be accessible from Highway 11E only. No access will be permitted from Highway 394 to this portion of White Top Road during that time. Similarly, during and after the races on both Saturday and Sunday, there will be no direct access to Highway 394 from White Top Road south of Highway 394; traffic on White Top Road south of Highway 394 will use eastbound White Top Road and Vance Tank Road to access Highway 394 at its eastern intersection with Sweet Knobs Trail.

Just before the races begin on both Saturday and Sunday, no left turns along eastbound Highway 394 at any intersections or driveways between Franklin Drive in Blountville and Highway 11E will be permitted, in order to install and maintain the post-race westbound contraflow lane (the Highway 394 center two-way left-turn lane will operate as a one-way westbound lane only for post-race flow) that will stay in place until the post-race traffic ends that evening.

The northbound left lane of Highway 11E/Volunteer Parkway between Oakdale Road/Thomas Lane and the South Entrance of Bristol Motor Speedway will operate as a southbound contraflow lane from just before the start of the races until the end of race traffic on both Saturday and Sunday as well; access will be controlled accordingly. The northbound right lane will remain open to northbound traffic.

After the races end on both Saturday and Sunday, the on-ramp from Highway 394 to northbound Highway 11E, and the southbound Highway 11E off-ramp to Highway 394, will be closed for several hours until traffic volumes drop to the point that ramp use can again be permitted.

On Monday, April 24, heavier traffic volumes can be expected as additional vehicles depart the Bristol Motor Speedway area, especially on Volunteer Parkway, Commonwealth Avenue, Highway 11E, Highway 421, and Highway 394.

There will be other locations in the Bristol area at which certain turns may be prohibited at certain times. Police personnel will be on hand at many locations to direct traffic.

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