5 p.m. race traffic: Some slowdowns near track

We're about an hour away from the start of Sunday evening's Coca-Cola 600, and traffic volume is heavy around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

At 5 p.m., the N.C. Department of Transportation reported some delays on U.S. 29 northbound from I-485, on Bruton Smith Boulevard, and on Morehead Road on the approach from Harrisburg. It also is slow on the outer loop of I-485 approaching U.S. 29.

No wrecks are being reported, however, and motorists should stay with their planned routes.

Motorists near the Speedway are reminded to use caution around pedestrians.

Here is the 5 p.m. race traffic report, along with trips on how to get to the track and how to avoid traffic if you're planning to drive past the Speedway area.

U.S. 29 northbound ... Moderate delays from I-485 to the Speedway, but traffic is moving.

U.S. 29 southbound ... Moving well down from Concord and from Pitt School Road.

Bruton Smith Boulevard ... Moderate delays from I-85 to the Speedway.

Morehead Road ... Moderate delays from Harrisburg to the Speedway.

I-85 both directions ... Right (exit) lanes are slow near the Bruton Smith Boulevard exit. High-speed lanes continue to move well.

I-485 ... Outer loop traffic has moderate to heavy delays within a mile of the U.S. 29 exit. But this remains the quickest way to go.

Here is advice for fans headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway ... and for those trying to avoid the traffic:


From Charlotte, Rock Hill, Gastonia: Take I-85 to I-485, and then get off I-485 at the first exit, U.S. 29. Follow U.S. 29 to the track. Don't stay on I-85 to Bruton Smith Boulevard, because that usually is the slowest route.

From Concord, Salisbury, Lexington, Greensboro: Take I-85 to Exit 58 (U.S. 29-U.S. 601), and follow U.S. 29 to the track. Or get off at Exit 52 (Poplar Tent Road), and follow Poplar Tent and Pitt School roads to U.S. 29.

From Matthews, Monroe: Take I-485 to U.S. 29 or even N.C. 49, and use those routes to reach the track.


If you'll need to drive on I-85 past Bruton Smith Boulevard on Sunday afternoon, stay in the left (high-speed) lanes. The right lane is where the backups will take place.

And if you'll be in the University City area, especially north of I-485, expect heavy traffic and possible delays between 3 and 6 p.m.

Related stories from Charlotte Observer