UPDATE: All roads that were closed or affected by this year's Riverbend Festival have reopened.

Festival organizers say traffic can resume along Riverfront Parkway, Power Alley, Aquarium Way and Chestnut Street.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Riverbend 2019 is just around the corner and some downtown streets will be closed starting on May 24 to allow organizers to prepare for the festival.

The following roads will be closed for the annual event:

Friday, May 24th - June 4th 

Riverbend 2019 - The following roads are closed for the Riverbend Festival, including set-up and break-down, from Friday, May 24th until Tuesday, June 4th:

  • Riverfront Parkway, from Aquarium Way to Molly Lane
  • The southbound off-ramp from Veterans Bridge
  • Power Alley from Aquarium Way to Riverfront Parkway  
  • Chestnut Street from Aquarium Way to Riverfront Parkway

Riverbend Event nights- Beginning Wednesday, May 29th until Friday, May 31st additional roads will be closed from 3:00 pm until midnight:

  • Riverfront Parkway from Lindsay Street to Molly Lane
  • Aquarium Way from Walnut St reet to Riverfront Parkway
  • Lookout Street from East 3rd Street to Riverfront Parkway
  • Walnut Street from Aquarium Way to the walking bridge
  • The intersection of Aquarium Way at Chestnut Street

Riverbend Final night - On June 1st some roads will be closed at 12PM until midnight:

  • Aquarium Way from Walnut Street to Riverfront Parkway
  • Lookout Street from East 3rd Street to Riverfront Parkway
  • Walnut Street from Aquarium Way to the walking bridge
  • Chestnut Street north of Aquarium Way 

PREVIOUS STORY: Preparation is underway for this year’s Riverbend Music Festival.

It all started Tuesday morning when the Coca-Cola stage sailed to Riverfront Parkway.

Now, crews have about a week to get everything set up.

Organizers began their preparation just a few days after last year’s Riverbend.

Joe Dixie Fuller and his crew are working to make sure everything is right for the performing artists.

“We raise the roof, and we start adding the equipment that goes on it,” said Fuller. “The skirting, all the trim, and it's just a lot of work to be done.”

Fuller says he started sending notifications out in January about the requirements for a production this size.

He can't count how many hours his crew will work to get multiple stages set up.

“It's a bunch of stuff,” said Fuller. “I start with roughly 35 guys on Saturday morning, and everyone has something to do. It's busy.”

Marketing Director Amy Morrow, says the goal is to become the destination festival.

“Actually, it's been a vision for the festival to change with the music scene here in Chattanooga,” said Amy Morrow.

One of the changes people will see is an additional 300 parking spots.

It will cost $20 and is available on a first come first serve basis.

“It will be up near the Hunter Museum of Art,” said Morrow. “So that is going to be at Riverside Drive and Houston.”

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