For nearly a year, local and state law enforcement and transportation officials have been developing the traffic plan for the 2001 Chicagoland Speedway season in Joliet, Illinois. The process of developing the traffic plan has taken into consideration construction projects, road capacities and an analysis of patrons? points of origin based on ticket sales and hotel locations. A Thursday morning press conference at Chicagoland Speedway was held to unveil the 2001 traffic plan. On hand for the unveiling were representatives from Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, New Lenox, Elwood and Manhattan Police Departments, Illinois Department of Transportation, Joliet Public Works, Illinois State Police, Will County Sheriff?s Police, Will County Highway Department and WJOL (the official radio station of Chicagoland Speedway). ?We understand that parking is one of the highest concerns for our patrons, as well as the communities and local businesses around the speedway. That is why we have spent nearly a year developing a plan that will work for everyone,? said Joie Chitwood, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. Chitwood added, ?Fans should arrive early and they are welcome to tailgate in the parking lots before and after the race. Everyone needs to be cautious of internet map services and auto club directories because these routes often show the path with the shortest distance, without regard to road capacities, construction projects, drawbridges, railroad crossings and other obstacles.? Within the plan are four traffic corridors (Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow). These were developed based on ticket holder?s point of origin according to ticket sales and hotel locations. Traffic flow priority will be given to patrons who utilize their respective route. The traffic plan will direct the traffic flow from each of the four corridors to the assigned parking lot entrances. Outbound traffic at the conclusion of each event will utilize the same routes that filled the lot, simply reversing the inbound pattern. To assist fans during the inaugural season at Chicagoland Speedway, 340 WJOL-Joliet, 850 WAIT-Chicago, and 1220 WKRS Waukegan have formed a radio network to provide the Chicago metropolitan area exclusive race week coverage. These stations will provide six traffic reports per hour, as well as complete race weekend coverage. Chicagoland Speedway ticket holders will be mailed a fan guide that contains the traffic plan with their tickets. Ticket holders will also be mailed a second copy of the traffic plan in the coming weeks.
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