IRL: Texas New Stretch of Highway 114 to Open for Race Week

NEW STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 114 TO OPEN FOR RACE WEEK FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 8, 1999) - Race fans traveling to and from Texas Motor Speedway on State Highway 114 for the upcoming Mall.com race week will be taking a new and improved route. On ...

NEW STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 114 TO OPEN FOR RACE WEEK

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 8, 1999) - Race fans traveling to and from Texas Motor Speedway on State Highway 114 for the upcoming Mall.com race week will be taking a new and improved route.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) opened a new two-mile stretch of Highway 114. Traffic is routed onto the new pavement at Rufe Snow which is the new intersection approximately one mile west of Roanoke. The new section, which replaces an older stretch of Highway 114, is part of an overall widening of the highway which will be completed by April's DIRECTV 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race.

"This is progress," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "We are pleased fans will be able to use the new section of roadway along Highway 114 for the O'Reilly 300 and Mall.com 500. We are anxious for the project to be completed."

The expansion of the highway began in January 1998 with the first phase scheduled for completion next February. By the April 2000 races, fans will have four lanes of highway to utilize. 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 project is coming along as planned," said TXDOT's Dallas District Engineer Jay Nelson. "We think motorists will be pleased with the new section of roadway. Our employees and the contractors, Duininck Bros., Inc., have worked hard to get as much done as they could in anticipation of the upcoming races."

Traffic on the new section of 114 will flow two-way as normal prior to the race. Plans to contraflow traffic out of the speedway on Highway 114 immediately following both races will proceed as usual. Motorists leaving the speedway will travel both lanes of 114 heading east for approximately two miles. Traffic will then be diverted south onto the old section of the highway at Rufe Snow just west of the railroad bridge on the west side of Roanoke. Contraflow out of the speedway begins on Friday, Oct. 15 for the O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at approximately 9 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 17, contraflow will begin at approximately 3 p.m. for the Mall.com 500 Pep Boys Indy Racing League Championship event.

The Fort Worth Police Dept. plans to have extra officers on hand to assist with all inbound and outbound traffic, particularly on the newly opened section of highway 114. The speedway will provide additional light towers and cones to help as well.

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