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Speed Street Festival draws over 200,000, City departments extend services
CHARLOTTE, NC – (May 29, 2016) The 22nd annual Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street festival, a celebration of NASCAR and stock car racing, drew an estimated 200,000 participants to Uptown Charlotte over three days, according to event organizers with Circle K and the 600 Festival Association.
Crowds made their way along several blocks of Tryon Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, enjoying interactive displays, autograph sessions, show cars, NASCAR celebrity appearances, and product sampling.
Expecting larger than normal crowds in uptown, City Manager Ron Carlee declared the Speed Street festival an Extraordinary Event to meet increased service demands and respond to incidents. The following city departments/agencies provided event-related updates:
Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)
CDOT implemented traffic control plans for events associated with Speed Street and staffed the Traffic Management Center. Staff monitored Uptown traffic conditions throughout the event and made signal timing adjustments as needed to keep traffic flowing. Electronic message boards were utilized for traffic entering the Uptown area alerting drivers of increased traffic volume.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD)
CMPD led efforts to maintain a safe environment for Speed Street participants. Event operations were coordinated from the CMPD Command Center, operational from 6 p.m. May 27 through 1:15 a.m. May 28, and from 6 p.m. May 28 through 12:30 a.m. May 29.
A total of 15 adult arrests and three juvenile arrests were recorded in the center city area during Command Center operational hours:
- Affray: 7
- Disorderly Conduct: 7 (three juveniles)
- Intoxicated and Disruptive: 2
- Outstanding Warrant: 1
- Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW): 1
Solid Waste Services
To ensure a tidy environment for Uptown visitors, the City’s Solid Waste Services crews cleaned streets and collected garbage and recyclable material generated by the event and public. Final collection totals will not be available until Tuesday, but crews collected more than 24 tons of trash and recyclables during last year’s event.
This year’s Speed Street festival was deemed a success by event organizers. The City of Charlotte will continue to work with partnering organizations to support large scale events in Uptown and across the city.
As a reminder, City offices will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.