Friday, June 16, 2000
Snarl to Speedway expected
Temporary routes designed to help relieve congestion
By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer
SPARTA, Ky. If you're going to the races at Kentucky Speedway today or Saturday,here's some sound advice: leave early.
With upwards of 60,000 people expected to converge on the new 1.5-mile speedway here, Interstates 75 and 71 will bear the brunt of more than 20,000 vehicles headed for the track.
Today, there are qualifying sessions at 3 p.m. for the Slim Jim All-Pro cars and 6:15 p.m. for the Craftsman Truck Series trucks. The All-Pro 150 race is set to take the green flag at 9 p.m.
The Kroger 225 truck race starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Track officials and the state highway department have tried to make the trip to the speedway's inaugural events as painless as possible with some highway changes and some travel tips:
Concrete lane crossovers will be set up on I-71 just south of the Ky. 35 exit and 3 miles north of the exit to permit southbound traffic to use three lanes approaching the track. Officials estimated that up to 60 percent of the race-day traffic will come from north of Sparta.
The I-75 northbound ramp to I-71 will be closed and traffic will be detoured to the Richwood exit (Ky. 338).
All five lanes of Ky. 35 will be inbound to the speedway before the races, marked by traffic cones and signs.
The right lanes of I-71 northbound and southbound at the Ky. 35 exit ramps will be closed, to allow merging traffic free flow onto I-71 after the races.
Congestion at the I-75/I-71 split in Boone County and the construction area at the Donaldson Road exits off I-75 in Erlanger is expected to be heavy.
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