Two roads in the Daytona Beach area have been opened to assist with traffic congestion during Race Week, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. There will be three lanes open on I-95 southbound, and the Bellevue Bridge will also be available to drivers, according to FDOT spokesperson Jennifer Horton. Traffic has been heavy in the Daytona Beach area since pre-race activities started Thursday, and races are also scheduled Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, leading up to the Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon.
The three lanes permanently open on I-95 southbound are between International Speedway Boulevard or U.S. 92 in Daytona Beach, to State Road 421 in the Port Orange area. Drivers can then exit at State Road 421 and proceed west to State Road 415, and then continue south on 415 either into Seminole County or take State Road 44 west to I-4.
I-95 southbound between State Road 421 in Port Orange, to State Road 44 in the New Smyrna Beach area has two lanes open with a 10-foot paved shoulder. Drivers can take State Road 44 west to either State Road 415 or I-4.
In Daytona Beach, the Bellevue Bridge over I-95 near the Speedway will be open through Monday, February 22 for Race Week traffic. The grand opening for the bridge is scheduled for April.
Before the races on Thursday through Sunday, the Daytona Beach Police Department recommends that traffic on International Speedway Boulevard or U.S. 92 not going to the Speedway, should use Beville Road or LPGA Boulevard, to avoid congestion. State Road 40 in the Ormond Beach area, and State Road 421 or Dunlawton Avenue in the Port Orange area, are other alternatives for non-race traffic. North-south traffic not going to the race in the Daytona area are encouraged to use Atlantic Avenue, Ridgewood Avenue, or Nova Road.
Drivers heading to the race from the beachside may wish to use the Seabreeze Bridge, and then take Mason Avenue to the speedway, according to Daytona Beach Police. Drivers going to the airport or area hospitals from the north or south should use Nova Road or Ridgewood Avenue, and then take International Speedway Boulevard west.
You can also follow @DBPDracetraffic on Twitter to get real-time updates on race traffic. You can turn on mobile notifications for @DBPDracetraffic to get the updates as text messages. If you find that you are not getting the text messages, and you have them enabled, this Examiner has found that texting ON to 40404 can help.
You can also login to Florida 511 and setup your account to receive text alerts for roads in the Daytona Beach area.
The race schedule for Friday through Sunday includes:
- The Nextera Energy Resources 250 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 19,
- The Powershares QQQ300 at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20,
- The Daytona 500 at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21.
The Florida Department of Transportation also reminds drivers to slow down in construction zones.
Click here to visit the Florida Department of Transportation website.