BRISTOL - Bristol Motor Speedway takes aim at the NCAA Football attendance record on Saturday. Before those fans have a seat, there are many miles and potential automotive obstacles to cross.
It's a two-state safety safari to the rescue.
The Department of Transportation for both Virginia and Tennessee are both allocating manpower for their motorist assistance programs that will patrol the roads leading to Bristol.
Information from VDOT says their perimeters for stranded motorists will extend from the Tennessee/Virginia state line and exit 22 in Abingdon.
Their schedule is in place for those prime times prior to and after kickoff.
- Friday, September 9: 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.
- Saturday, September 10: 6 a.m. until midnight
- Sunday, September 11: midnight until 4 p.m.
TDOT will provide four of their HELP trucks to patrol the area and assist motorists on I-26 and I-81 from 12 noon Saturday through early Sunday morning.
Tennessee highway officials have also announced that for post-game traffic one lane of I-40 West at the I-40/I-81 interchange will be closed. This will provide traffic leaving the game on I-81 South and traveling toward Knoxville two lanes of easy access to I-40 West, the agency said.