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NASCAR fans are encouraged to plan ahead and drive safely to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience as they travel to Bristol for this weekend’s Food City Dirt Race and related activities at Bristol Motor Speedway.
To facilitate the orderly flow of traffic along major roadways leading to BMS, the City of Bristol, Tennessee has worked in concert with a dozen other agencies in both Tennessee and Virginia to develop a comprehensive traffic plan that is focused on safety and designed to enhance the fan experience. Bristol Tennessee Transportation Engineer Micah Bray said hundreds of traffic signs, cones, portable lights and other traffic control devices will be used to clearly mark the main routes to BMS. New this race weekend is a temporary speed limit reduction on Highway 11E, set to be in effect from Friday morning until the races conclude on Sunday night. These measures, combined with careful planning by motorists, work to ensure a safe and enjoyable race weekend.
“Our goal is to make sure everyone arrives safely at Bristol Motor Speedway, enjoys the weekend, and then makes it home again safely,” Bray said. “A lot of time and effort goes into creating a very detailed plan that is easy to navigate. Fans can help by planning their route before they leave home and giving themselves plenty of time in case they encounter heavy traffic or other unexpected delays. We also ask that motorists, whether they are commuting to and from work or are in town for the event, be alert and minimize distractions in the area surrounding Bristol Motor Speedway. With many people crossing Highways 11E and 394 before, during, and after the races, it is critical that all drivers watch for pedestrians and be prepared to stop.”
In addition, the City has issued the following reminders:
For additional information, please contact Transportation Engineer Micah Bray at (423) 989-5519 or [email protected].