Keeneland’s opening weekend could mean added traffic for Versailles Road, which commuters say is already congested because of ongoing road construction.
Officials with Keeneland, the Transportation Cabinet and law enforcement are trying to ensure that Keeneland’s spring meet doesn’t mean unbearable backups for race fans or commuters.
Natasha Lacy, a spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said more than 40,000 vehicles a day drive near Keeneland when races are not going on.
She said instead of trying to prevent an increase in the volume of traffic on opening weekend, their solution will be to help added traffic move as smoothly as possible.
“We are going to change some lane configurations to help with the flow of traffic and we’ll have added police presence to assist with motorists,” Lacy said.
Keeneland released a statement that made suggestions on how race attendees could avoid possible traffic backups. Suggestions included arriving early, staying late and carpooling
Officials have also devised some alternate routes and entrances to ease congestions.
For a look at the traffic map, click here.