KSP says necessary changes have been made for NASCAR traffic


by Michelle Arnold


Posted on June 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 22 at 4:10 AM

CLARKSON, Ky (WHAS11) -- Last year thousands of NASCAR fans hoping to see a race, saw the car in front of them instead.

"We live six miles away; it took him three hours to get there," Michael Sutton said.

Nearly a year in the making, Kentucky State Police released their traffic plan for the NASCAR Sprint Series next week.

"The necessary changes have definitely improved access to the track, reducing traffic congestion, and delay," Trooper Michael Webb said.

The changes were made after studying these aerials and modeling the plan after two simple rules.

"First of all, you have to have a place for people to go and second you have to keep them moving," Trooper Dean Hays said.

That means more lanes for inbound traffic.

"The additional lanes on KY 35 have been expanded to six instead of three," said Hays.

There are 20,000 extra parking spots now with double the parking attendants.

"Each car will be directed to a specific spot," Hays said.

Police are constantly communication with the public via social media.
“We’ve been putting up traffic updates daily and we will continue to on race day,” Trooper Brad Auterburn said.
All in hopes to help erase the bruise of last year’s traffic debacle.
“It put a black eye on the face of NASCAR; a lot of people are still upset about it,” Sutton said. 

(NEWS RELEASE) -- The Kentucky State Police is advising all commercial motor vehicle traffic to avoid the Gallatin County area, specifically Interstate 71, on June 29 and 30, 2012.  NASCAR will be hosting races at the Kentucky Speedway located in Sparta, June 28 through 30 2012.

An alternate route has been established for Commercial Motor Vehicles on June 29 and 30 to avoid congestion and delays on Interstate 71. Commercial Motor Vehicles in transit between Louisville and Cincinnati are advised to utilize Interstates I-64 and I-75.  

-Traffic traveling towards Louisville from Cincinnati:  Travel I-75 to Lexington.  At exit 118, merge onto I-64 West.  Continue I-64 West to Louisville.

-Traffic traveling towards Cincinnati from Louisville:  Travel I-64 to Lexington.  At exit 75, merge onto I-75 North.  Continue I-75 North to Cincinnati.

Click here to view the Quaker State 400 traffic map.