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The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office anticipates traffic congestion in the Mechanicsville area during the NASCAR races to be held this week at the Richmond Raceway in Henrico County. Citizens are encouraged to plan in advance to avoid traffic congestion that will be caused by this event. On Saturday, April 2, the ToyotaCare 250 race will start at 1:30 p.m. Traffic will be congested on Meadowbridge Road all day, with the most congestion occurring late-morning and mid-afternoon (before and after the race). On Sunday, April 3, the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race will start at 3:30 p.m. Traffic will be congested on Meadowbridge Road all day, with the most congestion occurring mid-afternoon and late evening (before and after the race). For citizens traveling on I-295, the Route 301 (Chamberlayne Road) or the Route 360 (Mechanicsville Turnpike) exits are recommended as alternatives to the Meadowbridge Road exit. In addition, citizens are encouraged to avoid Atlee Road, especially on Sunday, and utilize Shady Grove Road as an alternative. On both days, deputies will monitor Meadowbridge Road closely and assist with traffic direction when needed. On Sunday, deputies will be stationed at each intersection on Meadowbridge Road to monitor traffic flow and render assistance to motorists in need. It is the goal of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to facilitate the safe flow of traffic for this special event in such a way that causes minimal inconvenience to our citizens.