Fans heading to Martinsville Speedway this weekend encouraged to follow signage to reduce congestion


White clouds and blue skies greet race fans for the running of the rain delayed NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series auto races at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, April 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is encouraging race fans who are driving to and from Martinsville Speedway for the races this Saturday and Sunday to follow recommended traffic patterns as posted on signs and message boards in the area.

VDOT will place many signs and changeable message boards throughout the region to assist travelers.

Vehicular and pedestrian traffic is expected to be heavy.

Traffic is being routed to the Speedway in certain patterns to minimize congestion as much as possible.

Drivers should watch for speed limit reductions gradually from 65 mph to 35 mph on the Route 220/Route 58 Bypass approaching the Speedway.

Those coming into Martinsville should follow these routes:

From Roanoke and areas north of Martinsville

  • Race fans traveling south on Route 220 should continue on the Route 220/Route 58 Bypass past the Speedway interchange and turn right onto the access road leading onto the Speedway. The entrance is located one mile east of the Route 220 interchange and may provide easier access. Signs are in place designating the entrance to the Speedway.

From Danville and areas east of Martinsville

  • Motorists on the Route 58 Bypass should follow signs redirecting them to use the track’s back gate. This entrance is located off the bypass, east of the track.

From Greensboro and areas south of Martinsville

  • Motorists should watch for electric message boards and obey police directing traffic. Through traffic should use the left lane.

From Stuart and areas west of Martinsville

  • Motorists should remain on Route 58 east and follow the signs and message boards to the track.

For everyone planning to attend the race, they should expect heavy traffic and delays. VDOT says it’s best to plan to arrive early.

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