Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 18, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Heavy traffic expected on Brainerd Lakes Area roadways Aug. 18-21

Annual races expected to draw more than 100,000

BAXTER, Minn. – Motorists should plan for heavy traffic volumes on Brainerd Lakes Area highways—especially Highway 371—Thursday, Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 21.

More than 100,000 visitors will attend the 33rd annual Lucas Oil National Hot Rod Association Nationals race at the Brainerd International Raceway.

Motorists planning to travel in the Brainerd/Baxter area should be patient, expect delays and watch for slow traffic on Highway 371. Recurring congestion and occasional stop-and-go traffic are expected on Highway 371 between Brainerd and Nisswa.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes and avoid the area, if possible.

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