If Your Traveling in NH This Weekend, Here's What You Need to Know About NASCAR Traffic
LOUDON — Fans are pouring in to New Hampshire for this weekend's NASCAR race, the last one that will take place in September at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
The ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race starts at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Fan Jam Appreciation Party is scheduled for Friday night from 7-9. The $5 ticket gets race fans access to the touch-a-truck display, the Pit Stop Challenge and up close look at Dale Earhhardt Jr.'s trailer according to the track's website.
The state's Department of Transportation will set up its traffic plan to accommodate the anticipated 33,000 vehicles expected to be on the road for the event.
Photo- NHMS/Alan MacRae Race fans at Thursday's Hauler Parade event. Featured photo courtesy of NHMS/Facebook
The DOT expects the heaviest traffic in the late afternoon and evening Sunday. Sunday's event is the final September race in New Hampshire. Next year's race will be in Las Vegas.
"It's a little bit of an end of an era that way," said Bill Boynton of the NHDOT.
Traffic coordination plans will be the same as past races, but Boynton said that a completed project on Interstate 93 near Concord has made for slight changes in how traffic will be routed after the race Sunday afternoon.
"Since we completed work at the I-89 interchange, we were actually able to squeeze a lane in southbound," and there will be no "borrowing" a northbound lane.
DOT officials have set up the following changes for two major roadways feeding the Loudon raceway this weekend:
The I-93 Exit 12S southbound on ramp from NH 3A will be closed from approximately 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Motorists will be directed to use I-93 northbound to reverse direction at Exit 13 (use northbound off ramp and turn left to southbound on ramp). Access to I-89 is available at the NH 3A/I-89 intersection in Bow.
Special measures will be used on I-93 from approximately 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Three southbound travel lanes will be provided for five miles on I-93 from Exit 15 (I-393) to south of Exit 12. This will be accomplished by using the right shoulder as a third southbound travel lane. As traffic approaches Exit 15 from the north, traffic from I-393 west will be received on the shoulder as a new lane. All southbound I-93 traffic destined for I-89 or Exits 12 and 13 should use the shoulder travel lane after the Exit 15 interchange.
The I-393 eastbound off ramp to I-93 south will be closed from approximately 10:45 a.m.-9:15 p.m. Motorists attempting to use the ramp will be diverted to Stickney Avenue from which they can access I-93 south at Exit 14.
The I-93 Exit 14 southbound off ramp and the I-93 Exit 15E southbound off ramp to I-393 eastbound will be closed from approximately 10:45 a.m.-9:15 p.m. Motorists will be directed to use Exit 15W to reach Exit 14 destinations and use Exit 16 to reach I-393 eastbound.
The I-393 Exit 1 westbound on ramp from Fort Eddy Road will be closed from approximately 3-9 p.m.
At the I-393 and I-93 interchange, the I-93 northbound off ramp to I-393 west (Exit 15W) will be closed from approximately 3-9 p.m.
Special measures on I-393 westbound will also be in effect at Exit 15 to enhance access to I-93 southbound. From approximately 3:15-9 p.m., the loop ramp for this movement will provide two lanes of traffic. The two lanes will be merged onto the I-93 southbound shoulder travel lane.
NH 106 Corridor
On race day morning, NH 106 will be two lanes northbound and one lane southbound from I-393 to the intersection of Sheep Rock Road. There will be three lanes northbound and one lane southbound from there to the NHMS south access road.
Between 2:30 and 9:30 p.m., NH 106 will be closed to northbound traffic from I-393 in Concord to NHMS. During this time, three temporary southbound lanes will be provided on NH 106. For safety reasons, the intersections of the following roads with NH 106 will be closed during the one-way conversion: Josiah Bartlett Road, Wales Bridge Road, South Village Road, Sheep Rock Road, Currier Road, North Village Road, Clough Pond Road, Mudgett Hill Road, and Hollow Root Road.
Motorists using Clough Hill Road, Voted Road, Beck Road, Shaker Road, Soucook Lane, North Village Road, Goshen Drive, NH 129, East Cooper Street, Hemlock Hill Drive, Chichester Road, and Autumn Drive will be able to enter NH 106, but only for southbound travel. During the approximately seven hour period, NH 106 is limited to one-way southbound traffic. Safety vehicles will be stationed at four strategic locations to respond to emergency calls.
NH 106 in Belmont will again be made one-way northbound between the Concord Street/NH 106 intersection and the intersection of NH 140 and NH 106. This section of roadway will be converted to a temporary two lane one-way northbound roadway between approximately 4 and 9:30 p.m. On NH 106, two northbound left turn lanes and one thru/right lane will be provided at the NH 140 intersection. Southbound NH 106 traffic will be detoured onto NH 140 west to Concord Street, and then back onto NH 106. North Main Street will be temporarily closed. All other streets in Belmont will continue normal operations.
From approximately 2:30-9:30 p.m., the I-393 Exit 3 eastbound off ramp will be open to southbound NH 106 traffic only, and the northbound 106 travel lane will be closed. The I-393 Exit 3 westbound off ramp will be closed to all traffic.