TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FAN FRIENDLY WITH HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Jan. 20, 2000) -- As Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) officials prepare to open road improvements serving Texas Motor Speedway for April's DIRECTV 500, speedway officials today announced plans to build a new interchange on I-35W and interstate frontage roads.
TXDOT is scheduled to open the 3.9-mile bypass on Highway 114 around the town of Roanoke in mid- to late February. When the new section is opened, it will create a four-lane highway to Texas Motor Speedway.
"We've been waiting for this day," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "This will be a major improvement for our traffic plan. State Highway 114 is the highway of choice for many of our race fans and now they will see twice as many lanes available on that road during race week."
Future plans call for the highway to be expanded to six lanes with frontage roads which will stretch from the east end of Roanoke to I-35W.
The speedway also announced today plans to join with Denton County to construct a new interchange at the far northeast corner of the speedway property and I-35W with frontage roads extending south to Highway 114.
The project, which is estimated to cost approximately $5 million, is targeted for completion by the speedway's first Winston Cup race in 2001. Denton County will spend $3.3 million and the speedway will contribute $1.6 million for construction.
"This new interchange is something we've worked hard to make happen," said Gossage. "We're always trying to find ways to make the experience more enjoyable for the fans, and this will certainly be one way to do that. Traffic is our top concern and we're pleased to see that Denton County recognizes the need for this new interchange. It should help ease traffic on and off the speedway property during event weeks."
The new interchange will cross over I-35W connecting the existing southbound frontage road on the west side of I-35W with a new northbound frontage road located on the east side of the interstate. The northbound frontage road will include new on and off ramps as well.
The speedway also continues to work on its commitment to be one of the most affordable in all of NASCAR Winston Cup racing.
"Our company continues to give the fans what they want and we offer reserved seats for the second-biggest NASCAR Winston Cup race of this season for only $25," said Gossage. "To offer great reserved seats at such a low price to the most popular form of motorsports in the world is a way to show our fans how much we appreciate them."