FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 23, 2013) – Road improvements totaling more than $1.1 billion along Highway 114 will provide substantial advances to the ingress and egress of traffic flow for race fans visiting Texas Motor Speedway.
The improvements along Highway 114 – the speedway’s main thoroughfare for fans east of Texas Motor Speedway – have continued to take shape as some projects will reach completion by November’s AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tripleheader weekend while the balance will be complete before the April 2014 NASCAR race weekend. The additional lanes along Highway 114 are expected to further improve the traffic flow during the AAA Texas 500 weekend and beyond.
“That should put the old myth about traffic issues away forever,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “Long lines of traffic are a thing of the past and the improved access along the speedway’s most important highway will certainly catch the attention of fans.”
The near completion of the DFW Connector project, one of the most complex construction projects in Dallas/Fort Worth history, has untangled an eight-mile stretch of highways 114 and 121 that run through nearby Grapevine. The construction project has made steady progress in alleviating traffic problems since it first began in October 2009.
The completion of the DFW Connector project in October also will provide improved traffic flow for fans traveling from Dallas and points west of Texas Motor Speedway.
“We used to tell our Dallas fans to take I-35E North to Denton and then take I-35W South to the speedway,” Gossage said. “We don’t have any hesitation to tell fans now to take 114 West from Dallas all the way to the speedway. The improvements have made it smooth sailing for fans.”
Road improvements also have continued to take shape closer to the speedway with the Highway 114 Construction Project and Highway 114/170 expansion project, which surpass a combined total of $53.3 billion.
The Highway 114 Construction Project targets the stretch of highway west of I-35W and covers the road east of FM 156, including a key segment in front of Texas Motor Speedway. The $18 million project will expand the two-lane road into a four-lane frontage road and is set to be completed at the end of next year.
The Highway114/170 expansion project will provide a revamped interchange to improve traffic flow and alleviate congestion at the intersection of 114 and Trophy Lake Dr. in Trophy Club. The project begins at the intersection of Business Highway 114 and continues west, just beyond Westlake Parkway and Trophy Club Drive.
“We appreciate the hard work and ongoing efforts of the entire team at the Texas Department of Transportation,” Gossage said. “These projects go a long way in enhancing the fan experience.”