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NHP expecting speedway traffic to move ‘smoothly’ after Kobalt 400

Nevada Highway Patrollis preparing for Las Vegas Speedway traffic with control units and extra cars as the Kobalt 400 comes to an end, according to state trooper Chelsey Stuenkel.

Visitors already were beginning to leave the stadium, Stuenkel said at about 4 p.m.

The highway patrol expects traffic to move “smoothly” on southbound Las Vegas Boulevard and Interstate 15, with traffic control units near the speedway and extra cars at the ready.

“Obviously with thousands of people leaving the speedway traffic’s going to slow down, but we don’t expect a lot of trouble,” Stuenkel said.

Low visibility also will be an issue at the end of the race, with areas of blowing dust throughout the city and near the speedway. The National Weather Service recorded a 61 mph gust of wind at McCarran, which kicked up dust and carried it north.

“With the wind and low visibility we just want people to pay attention. Don’t drive under the influence, get a designated driver and if visibility is low, slow down,” Stuenkel said.

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