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TDOT sending extra "HELP" to Bristol to deal with race traffic

11:37 AM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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TDOT is sending some extra "HELP" to the Tri-Cities this weekend, to help out with heavy traffic expected for the NASCAR races in Bristol.

Three lime-yellow HELP trucks from Knoxville will patrol the area, assisting with incidents in an effort to keep traffic moving. The trucks are four-wheel drive and equipped with push bumpers, top-mounted arrow boards, emergency work lights, air compressors, and other tools. Operators can perform a variety of functions from clearing a stalled car off the roadway to changing a flat tire.

"TDOT HELP truck operators are trained emergency medical responders, and they do a terrific job assisting travelers on our roadways," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. "With large numbers of motorists heading to East Tennessee this weekend, we are happy to be able to provide HELP truck services in the Bristol area."

TDOT will also have maintenance units posted in the area to assist motorists, provide portable message boards to warn of any delays, and will suspect construction projects if possible.The NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway are set for Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.

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