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Law enforcement expecting heavy crowds race weekend

Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 11:20 a.m. CDT

Law enforcement and Iowa Speedway officials are preparing for the upcoming race weekend and are asking Iowans and visiting race fans to do the same. Race organizers are expecting large crowds on Friday and Saturday and are asking citizens to plan accordingly.

The Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation, Newton Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Speedway officials are working in conjunction with a private traffic control company to erect signs and cones that will mark travel routes for fans attending the race. Officers will be working intersections along the route to ensure traffic moves in a safe and efficient manner.

Motorists traveling to and from the speedway are reminded to expect slow traffic and possible delays, obey all traffic laws, pay attention to flashing lights and signs and always follow officers’ directions. Motorists should avoid stopping on the traveled portion to ask questions unless it is an emergency. The key to safe and efficient traffic flow, with minimal delays will be a cooperative effort between the motoring public, law enforcement and speedway staff.

Designated Travel Routes

All Race Traffic on Interstate 80:

Take Interstate 80 to exit 168. Take exit 168 to Speedway Drive and turn south. Continue south on Speedway Drive and staff will direct you to the appropriate parking lot. Traffic will not be allowed to turn onto Rusty Wallace Drive from this interchange. Rusty Wallace Drive has been designated as an emergency route and will only be utilized for emergencies and to relieve traffic congestion.

When exiting the speedway use the same route.

Newton Club Members and Suite Owners:

Take Interstate 80 to exit 168 or exit 164. If arriving from the west you are encouraged to utilize exit 164. Exit south onto U.S. 14. Continue traveling south on U.S. 14 approximately 3.6 miles. Turn east on South 60th Avenue. Continue east 2¼ miles and turn north on County Road S-74. Continue north 3.6 miles. Turn east on Rusty Wallace Drive, signs and staff will direct you to parking from here.

When exiting the speedway use the same route.

Officials expect traffic to be heaviest approximately two hours before and after each race. East and west bound exit ramps at the 168 interchange may be closed after the race. Also, southbound traffic on Iowa Speedway Drive at South 13th Avenue East may be closed after the race to allow for safe and efficient egress.

To avoid congested roadways and possible delays, Jasper County residents are encouraged to use alternate routes during peak traffic periods. Family members picking up speedway employees or spectators are asked to come early before the race ends so as not to get caught in the egress traffic.

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