CONCORD, N.C. -- Race week begins at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, but organizers are already preparing for the crowds.
On any given day, the Highway Patrol estimates about 90,000 cars travel the roads on and around the speedway. That number will triple during race week.
So Monday, the Highway Patrol, North Carolina Department of Transportation and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials explained their plans to keep traffic from standing still starting Friday.
Motorists are urged to plan their route to and from the speedway ahead of time. If you are traveling from out of town, don't rely on your GPS system.
"Forget about that GPS," said Ann Lorschieder with the NCDOT. Rather, she said it will be a good idea to avoid the most heavily traveled roads and use the side roads, particularly US 29 and NC 49.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol also reminds travelers to follow trooper's instructions, especially during the busier times directly before and after the race. More than 180 troopers will be stationed throughout the area to help with traffic and road problems.
The DOT will also monitor 15 cameras positioned above roadways surrounding the stadium in an effort to prevent traffic snarls.
Here are the suggested routes for traveling to Charlotte Motor Speedway:
- From South Carolina: Take I-77 North to I-485 outer loop (Exit 1B) to US-29 North (Exit 32) or NC-49 North (Exit 33)
- From West of Charlotte: Take I-77 North to I-485 (Exit 48) to US-29 North (Exit 32) or NC-49 (Exit 33). An alternate route is I-85 North to Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) to Pitts School Road to US-29 South
- From East of Charlotte: Take I-485 outer loop to US-29 North or NC-49
- From North of Charlotte: Take I-85 South to Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) to Pitts School Road to US-29 South.