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IRL races at TMS bring heavy traffic surrounding speedway

Posted June 8, 2017

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Texas Motor Speedway has a total seating capacity of 181,655. That means a lot of extra vehicles on the roadways leading to the speedway during race weekend.

Residents and visitors should expect traffic delays as Indy Racing League events at Texas Motor Speedway rev up. Upcoming events:

  • June 9, 7 p.m., winstaronlinegaming.com 400 (167 laps, 150.5 miles).
  • June 10, 7:30 p.m., Rainguard Water Sealers 600 (248 laps, 372 miles).

The average Indy race brings in about 40,000 fans. This means that roads surrounding TMS will be extremely congested. Due to continued construction on State Highway 114, traffic patterns may vary from those in previous years.

Areas around Interstate 35W and its intersection with State Highway 114, and at Farm to Market Road 156 and State Highway 114 will be especially congested all weekend.

Fans traveling to the speedway are asked to follow directions from police officers and traffic control attendants. All lanes and gates will permit entry, so the Fort Worth Police Department asks patrons to stay in their designated lanes once in the cone pattern.

North Tarrant Express officials said there will be no new short-term closures on I-35W, excluding emergency closures, between Friday and Sunday between Western Center Boulevard and North Tarrant Parkway.

Traffic leaving the speedway after each race will be placed into different traffic lanes from the exit gates. Each lane will go to a specific major roadway. Watch for signs.

Officer W.T. Watkins with the Fort Worth Police Department said designated officers will work a special detail to provide extra patrols and security to neighborhoods surrounding the speedway.

View a map showing routes to the track.

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