Bank of America 500 Race traffic tips

- Increased traffic is expected in Charlotte this week during race events, according to NCDOT.

Traffic should increase in northeast Mecklenburg County and southwest Cabarrus County on Thursday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 11. 

The heaviest traffic is expected on I-85, U.S. 29, N.C. 49 and Bruton Smith Boulevard.

The following are suggested routes for motorists to get to the speedway:

  • For motorists traveling from South Carolina: Take I-77 North to the I-485 outer loop (Exit 1B) to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) or N.C. 49 North (Exit 33);
  • For motorists traveling from west of Charlotte: Take I-85 North to I-485 (Exit 48) to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) or N.C. 49 (Exit 33). An alternate route is I-85 North to Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) to Pitts School Road to U.S. 29 South. Through traffic should remain in the left two lanes of I-85 North to avoid delays near Exit 49;
  • For motorists traveling from east of Charlotte: Take the I-485 outer loop to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) or N.C. 49 North (Exit 33); and
  • For motorists traveling from north of Charlotte: Take I-85 South to Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) to Pitts School Road to U.S. 29 South. Another option is to use George W. Liles Parkway (Exit 54).

CATS will operate additional service on Saturday, Oct. 10 on Route 80X Concord Express to take customers to the Bank of America 500 Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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