Photo Video
WCPO
Hide Caption
WCPO
Hide Caption
WCPO
Hide Caption
WCPO
Hide Caption
WCPO
Hide Caption
SPARTA, KY - JULY 09: NASCAR official Rodney Wise waves the yellow caution flag near the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Hide Caption
SPARTA, KY - JULY 09: Fireworks explode after Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Hide Caption
SPARTA, KY - JULY 09: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Hide Caption
Future parking site at Kentucky Speedway Bill Price
Hide Caption

Kentucky Speedway traffic control plans unveiled

a a a a
Share this story
Show Related Headlines
Related Articles
Ky. Speedway unveils parking changes
Ky. Speedway improvements on schedule
Ky. Speedway construction underway
Ky Speedway selling single race tickets
Change coming to Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, Ky. - Kentucky State Police (KSP) have unveiled a new Kentucky Speedway traffic control plan that they say will eliminate problems during last year's Quake State 400 race.

"The key is parking," said Dean Hayes of Kentucky State Police. "We've got to get people off the highways and into their parking spaces as quickly as possible."

To do that the speedway spent $10 million to add 20,000 parking spaces along KY-35 just across from the track for the June 30 race. A new parking company has been hired and extensive traffic modeling has been done.

KSP will have troopers stationed at every parking lot at the speedway. Those troopers will be in charge in more than 300 parking lot attendants, double the amount of last year.

Kentucky invested $3.5 million to add an extra lane from the southbound I-71 ramp to KY-35, widened the state route to five lanes plus two paved shoulders and built a pedestrian tunnel under the road for fan safety.

Once drivers reach KY-35, they'll be in a lane that will lead to a specific parking lot. Officials say that should improve the traffic flow.

Gates at the speedway will open at noon, two hours earlier than last year. People are urged to get to the speedway early and take advantage of all the pre-race festivities.

Fans heading to the race will also be able to stay up-to-date on traffic through the track's Facebook page or Twitter account. People within five miles of the speedway will also be able to hear traffic updates on AM-1620.

Other changes include:

- Asking, not requiring trucks and commercial traffic not to use I-71 near the speedway on race day.
- Signs already in place along southbound I-71 to remind people of traffic delays.

A diagram of the specific traffic plan will be released later Thursday afternoon.

For more information go to http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/ .

Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!