Headed to Bonnaroo? Avoiding Bonnaroo?
The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are preparing for the Bonnaroo Festival and the traffic congestion it brings.
Bonnaroo, which kicks off June 13 and ends June 16, brings more than 80,000 people to Manchester, TN.
TDOT and the THP are with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff's Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination.
Gates will open at 8 p.m. Wednesday to allow extra time for vehicles to enter the campgrounds. In addition, Troopers will be on patrol 24 hours a day beginning Wednesday night. They will be patrolling on the ground and by air.
TDOT HELP units will assist with traffic management during the festival and will help motorists who need it.
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The speed limit on I-24 will be reduced to 55 mph for the duration of the festival. This will be in effect between mile marker 104.6 and mile marker 129.4. After the festival is over, the speed limit will return to normal.
Exit 111 will be used as the main festival exit. Exits 97, 105, 112 (temporary exit on westbound side only), 117 and 127 are alternate exits if congestion occurs on the interstate.
Median crossovers will be guarded to prevent motorists from parking in the crossovers and blocking emergency vehicles.
Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane or on the shoulder of the interstate, allowing regular traffic to move unimpeded.
During the festival motorists should call 511 from any mobile or land line phone for traffic updates or visit the TDOT website at www.tn.gov/tdot where they can also find information on alternate routes.