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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, Highway 19E, Exide Drive, Highway 394, Highway 421, Highway 390, White Top Road, Old Thomas Bridge Road, Virginia Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Anderson Street bridge, Lee Highway, and northern Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) during this period and plan their trips accordingly. Just before the races begin on Friday and Saturday, all of the median openings on Volunteer Parkway/Highway 11E from BTES to just north of Egypt Road may be closed, and remain closed until the race traffic ends that evening. Certain individual median openings along this route may be closed before the race as circumstances require.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.On both Friday and Saturday, starting no earlier than noon 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 may be converted into a one-way, westbound-only roadway, and remain so until the race traffic ends that evening. Thus, during that time, there may 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 Friday and Saturday, 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 Friday and Saturday, there will be no direct access to Highway 394 from that portion of White Top Road south and east of Highway 394; traffic on that portion of 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. During and after the races on both Friday and Saturday, no left turns along eastbound Highway 394 at any intersections or driveways between Franklin Drive in Blountville and Highway 11E may be permitted, in order to install and maintain the post-race contraflow lane (the Highway 394 center two-way left-turn lane may operate as a one-way westbound lane only for post-race flow). The northbound left lane of Highway 11E/Volunteer Parkway between Oakdale Road/Thomas Lane and the South Entrance of Bristol Motor Speedway may operate as a southbound contraflow lane during a portion of that time as well; access may be controlled accordingly. The northbound right lane will remain open to northbound traffic. After the races end on both Friday and Saturday, the on-ramp from Highway 394 to northbound Highway 11E, and the southbound Highway 11E off-ramp to Highway 394, will be closed for up to several hours.On Sunday, August 18, heavier traffic volumes can be expected on Volunteer Parkway, Commonwealth Avenue, Highway 11E, and Highway 394 as additional vehicles depart the Bristol Motor Speedway area. If the Xfinity or Monster Energy Cup race is delayed by rain, it will be made up or completed on Sunday, August 18, on a schedule to be determined and announced by NASCAR.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.