By ROGER AMDSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LOUDON — Through the cooperative efforts of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, local officials, New Hampshire State Police and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a comprehensive traffic control plan will once again be implemented on Sunday, July 17, for over 100,000 spectators and 37,700 vehicles expected to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The race starts at 1:30 p.m. with the period of maximum traffic congestion occurring in the late afternoon and early evening hours.
Many of the changes will take place in the I-93, I-393 area of Concord and will not directly affect the Lakes Region.
On race day morning, Route 106 will be two lanes northbound and one lane southbound from I-393 in Concord to the intersection of Shaker Road in Loudon. There will be three lanes northbound and one lane southbound from there to the NHMS south access road. As traffic builds up in the three northbound lanes, traffic control personnel will extend the three northbound lanes southerly to approximately Sheep Rock Road.
Between 2:30 p.m. and approximately 9:30 p.m., Route 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 106.
Route 106 in Belmont will again be open to two-way traffic on race morning. During the late afternoon, after the race is completed, a section of Route 106 in Belmont, will be made one-way northbound between the Concord Street/Route 106 intersection and the intersection of Route 140 and Route 106. This section of roadway will be converted to a temporary two lane one-way northbound roadway between approximately 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On 106, two northbound left turn lanes and one through/right lane will be provided at the 140 intersection. Southbound 106 traffic will be detoured onto 140 west to Concord Street, and then back onto 106. North Main Street will be temporarily closed. All other streets in Belmont will continue normal operations.
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