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Friday, March 26; Saturday, March 27; and Sunday, March 28, 2021: NASCAR Dirt Race Weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Friday, March 26; Saturday, March 27; and Sunday, March 28, 2021: NASCAR Dirt Race Weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) is anticipated to 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 (Interstates 26 and 81, Volunteer Parkway, Commonwealth Avenue, Highway 11E, Exide Drive, Highway 394, Highway 421, Highway 390, Virginia Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Anderson Street bridge, Carden Hollow Road, Highway 126, West State Street, Lee Highway, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) during this period and plan their trips accordingly. Traffic control for the Bush’s Beans Practice Day (March 26) should be limited to the immediate Bristol Motor Speedway area. However, motorists are cautioned that traffic volumes will still be elevated above typical levels on that day.If pre-race conditions so require, selected median openings along Highway 11E from Exide Drive to White Top Road/Maplehurst Lane may be closed or have certain movements prohibited. No complete street closures are planned for these racing days with one exception…westbound White Top Road from Highway 394 to the All-American Campground entrance will be closed during and after the races Saturday and Sunday. During and after the races on these days, all of the median openings on Volunteer Parkway/Highway 11E from the Bristol Tennessee Essential Services facility to White Top Road/Maplehurst Lane will be closed, thus prohibiting left turns and U-turns at those locations until the end of race traffic that evening. This includes the intersection of Volunteer Parkway/Highway 11E and Exide Drive. Similarly, certain turning movements may be prohibited at Highway 394 and White Top Road. During and after the races on Saturday and Sunday, the northbound left lane of Highway 11E may be closed between the BMS South Entrance and Exide Drive to facilitate the post-race flow exiting BMS and other campgrounds 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 as circumstances require.On Monday morning, March 29, 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.