One hundred laps into the inaugural Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway last year, thousands of race fans sat in their cars, missing the race. Traffic was a nightmare for fans and the speedway. This year, changes have been made to hopefully eliminate some of the traffic backup.
Thursday, the Kentucky State Police will release its traffic plan for race day, June 30. The details of the plan are not yet fully known, however some of the changes are in place now.
The Kentucky Speedway widened Kentucky Highway 35 to five lanes and on race day can expand to seven if needed. There are 15,000 to 20,000 new parking spaces for cars and fans can use the pedestrian tunnel to improve traffic flow. The exit ramp from Interstate 71 South to Kentucky 35 now has an extra third lane.
The announcement is set for 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Speedway.
Most drivers from the Tri-State will take I-71 South to Sparta but here are some alternate routes:
- U.S. 42 SOUTH OUT OF FLORENCE/UNION TO WARSAW. LEFT ON KY. 35. SPEEDWAY WILL BE ON YOUR RIGHT.
- INTERSTATE 71 SOUTH TO GLENCOE EXIT. NORTH ON U.S. 127. LEFT ON U.S. 42 TO WARSAW. LEFT ON KY. 35. SPEEDWAY WILL BE ON YOUR RIGHT.
- INTERSTATE 71 SOUTH TO GLENCOE EXIT. SOUTH ON U.S. 127. RIGHT ON KY. 467. RIGHT ON KY. 35. PASS UNDER INTERSTATE 71 OVERPASS. SPEEDWAY WILL BE ON THE LEFT.
- THROUGH INDIANA. U.S. 50. LEFT AT U.S. 56. 56 INTO 156. LEFT AT 101/MARKLAND DAM. CROSS RIVER. CONT. ON 1039. SPEEDWAY ON THE LEFT.