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Best routes to avoid Race Week congestion at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Traffic is a mess near Charlotte Motor Speedway during race weekends. Here are a few routes to help you avoid the congestion.
Traffic is a mess near Charlotte Motor Speedway during race weekends. Here are a few routes to help you avoid the congestion. File photo

Commuters can expect the usual traffic snarls if they’re anywhere near Charlotte Motor Speedway during Race Week Thursday through Sunday, so they might want to heed the advice of the N.C. Department of Transportation:

If you don’t need to be in the area, then do yourself a favor and steer clear.

If you do, then enjoy the backups in northeast Mecklenburg County and southwest Cabarrus, on Interstate 85, U.S. 29, N.C. 49 and Bruton Smith Boulevard.

To ease the pain, the state will use overhead and portable message signs to alert drivers to problem areas and suggested alternate routes around incidents and congestion, N.C. DOT spokeswoman Jordan-Ashley Walker said.

Check real-time traffic information by calling 511, visiting the traveler services section on ncdot.gov or following N.C. DOT on Twitter @NCDOT.

To access N.C. DOT Mobile, a version of the agency’s website especially for mobile devices, visit “m.ncdot.gov” from your mobile browser.

For fans headed to the speedway, the state suggests these routes:

▪ From South Carolina, take Interstate 77 North to the I-485 Outer Loop, Exit 1B, to U.S. 29 North, Exit 32, or N.C. 49, Exit 33.

▪ From west of Charlotte, take I-85 North to I-485, Exit 48, to U.S. 29 North, Exit 32, or N.C. 49, Exit 33. Or travel I-85 North to Poplar Tent Road, Exit 52, to Pitts School Road to U.S. 29 South. Through-traffic should stay in the left two lanes of I-85 North to avoid delays near Exit 49.

▪ From east of Charlotte, take the I-485 outer loop to U.S. 29 North, Exit 32, or N.C. 49 North, Exit 33.

▪ From north of Charlotte, take I-85 South to Poplar Tent Road, Exit 52, to Pitts School Road to U.S. 29 South. Or take George W. Liles Parkway, Exit 54.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-50670, @jmarusak

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