Traffic changes will take place due to races
WATKINS GLEN—Due to an increase in traffic for the races at Watkins Glen International this weekend, the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department will make changes to some road right-of-ways.
The changes will take place Sunday, Aug. 8. For the high levels of traffic expected coming to the race, all three lanes of Route 16, from Route 414 to WGI Gate 2, will be one-way. Two lanes of Townsend Road to Kuhl Winner Way will also be one-way. There will still be one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road. This will start around 6 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.
Beginning at 9 a.m., Kuhl Winner Way will be a one-way road southbound from Route 16 to Gate 5, and Bronson Hill Road will be one-way from Route 414 to Gate 6.
The sheriff is offering alternate routes for people who live along theses roads and will be driving. If you live between Route 17 and Meads Hill Road, you can travel west with traffic to Meads Hill. From there, go north to State Route 329 and into Watkins Glen. Or drivers may go left on Meads Hill, to Wedgewood Road, and finally to Route 414. Then you can turn right for Corning or left to Watkins Glen.
Persons living between Meads Hill Road and the track are requested to merge into traffic and go to Townsend Road. After that, take the Watkins-Townsend Road to Watkins Glen.
At approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, traffic patterns will change. There will be only one way traffic on Route 16, with three lanes going from the race track towards State Route 414 (traffic light). Traffic will then proceed down to Watkins, using only two lanes. There will also be one-way traffic going down Kuhl Winner Way from Gate 6, south to State Route 414. There will also be two lanes of traffic going from Gates 5 and 4 (on Kuhl Winner Way), north to Route 16. This traffic is expected to last for more than three hours.
The sheriff’s department will have an ambulance and fire truck stationed near the race track during these periods of high traffic. Sheriff’s patrols will also be in the area should there be any problems.
The sheriff’s department apologizes for any inconvenience these traffic patterns may cause people, but it is necessary for law enforcement to move a large volume of traffic in the shortest period of time, for the safety of everyone. If you have any problems, please call 607-535-8222.
For more information on the racing event this weekend at The Glen, see the related story on page one.