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Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Aug. 31, 2016

VDOT announces Safety Service Patrol hours for Battle of Bristol

BRISTOL— The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Safety Service Patrol will be increasing service hours and patrols in Bristol to assist motorists traveling to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Pilot Flying J Battle of Bristol.

September 9-11, VDOT Safety Service Patrol vehicles will be patrolling between the Tennessee/Virginia state line and exit 22 in Abingdon during the following hours:

-          Friday, September 9: 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

-          Saturday, September 10: 6 a.m. until midnight

-          Sunday, September 11: midnight until 4 p.m.

The main goal of safety service patrol drivers is to assist law enforcement with detecting incidents and traffic disruptions, then working together to minimize the duration of the incident.

Additionally, the patrols assist motorists with the following services:

-          Tire change assistance

-          Fuel to get to the nearest gas station

-          Jump starts

-          Water to overheating radiators

-          Phone access to call local tow/recovery services

-          Directions

“We want to assure motorists get to the big game as efficiently and safely as possible,” Brett Randolph, Acting Bristol District Traffic Engineer, said. “Extending VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol hours as well as having VDOT staff stationed at key areas will assist with response in the event of an incident."

In addition to safety service patrol, VDOT staff will be operating traffic signals at key race routes such as I-81 Exit 17/Route 75 in Abingdon and at I-81 exits 7 and 5.  Additional VDOT Safety Service Patrol staff will also be stationed in Wytheville to assist with response to incidents.

One change from the normal race preparations will be the closure of the right lane on northbound I-81 from just beyond the exit 3 off ramp to just beyond the exit 3 on ramp to help move traffic after the football game.

“The lane closure will be similar to what Tennessee does at I-81 exit 69 to facilitate race traffic,” Randolph said. “The interstate lane closure will create a longer merge area for northbound traffic following the ball game.”

In addition to safety service patrol, VDOT’s 511 app is available to Android and Iphone users to check road conditions prior to your trip or as a passenger during your trip. Motorists can also call 511 from their mobile phone to get travel information.

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