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NASCAR races at TMS bring heavy traffic surrounding speedway

Posted Nov. 2, 2017

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aerial view of the speedway
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 NASCAR weekend.

Residents and visitors should expect traffic delays as NASCAR events at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) rev up. Upcoming events:

Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Xfinity Series.

Nov. 5, 1 p.m., AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Areas around I-35W and its intersection with Highway 114, and at FM 156 and Highway 114 will be especially congested all weekend. Traffic around the newly-opened Tanger Outlet adjacent to TMS will add to the congestion.

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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