Prep for 2015 Bonnaroo Festival includes trade changes


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicks off Thursday night, and with 80,000 approaching to attend, a Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing adult for a additional trade approaching in a area.

Held in Manchester given 2002, a four-day eventuality is hold on a 700‑acre farm. The festival facilities mixed events that showcase a different collection of low-pitched styles and performers.

The area in and around Manchester always sees increasing trade via a festival. TDOT and a THP are operative closely with a Manchester Police Department, a Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep trade relocating on I-24 while also removing Bonnaroo attendees to their destination.

“As always, a categorical idea is to keep by trade relocating uniformly on I-24 during a Bonnaroo festival while removing festivalgoers safely into and out of a festival site,” pronounced TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “TDOT has once again concurrent with a partners during THP and other agencies good forward of a festival to safeguard that trade delays are kept to a smallest via a festival period.”

This year, Bonnaroo will strictly open all a gates on Wednesday dusk Jun 10 during 8:00 p.m. CDT to concede some-more time for vehicles to enter a campgrounds.  State troopers will be on-the-job 24 hours a day, commencement Wednesday night, patrolling on a belligerent and by air.

“There has been a diminution in a series of crashes state troopers have worked during Bonnaroo a final integrate of years,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “We wish that trend continues this year. We trust a participation on a interstate, along with corner efforts with TDOT and internal law enforcement, has helped safeguard protected thoroughfare ways to and from Bonnaroo,” he added.

During Bonnaroo 2014, Troopers logged scarcely 6,000 man-hours, worked 11 trade crashes, and wrote 124 citations and released dual warnings.  A relapse of all THP-issued citations during final year’s festival duration is enclosed in this release.

TDOT HELP units will support with trade government during a festival and will assist any motorists who need assistance.  In further to carrying HELP trucks on-site, TDOT and other agencies will be holding a following stairs commencement Jun 10 by Jun 15:

  • Efforts will be strong on gripping I-24 trade flowing.
  • Exit 111 (SR 55) will be used as a categorical festival exit. Exits 97, 105, 112 (temporary exit on westbound side only), 117 and 127 are swap exits if overload occurs on a interstate.
  • TDOT upkeep units will be posted via a festival region, and upkeep crew will be on call all weekend.
  • TDOT will yield non-static summary signs to advise drivers of delays.
  • There will be no construction-related line closures on I-24 nearby a Bonnaroo festival area between 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Jun 10 by 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Jun 15.
  • Median crossovers will be rhythmical to forestall motorists from parking in a crossovers and restraint puncture vehicles.
  • Festival trade will be kept in a right line and/or on a shoulder of a interstate, permitting by trade to implement a left transport line unimpeded.
  • Emergency vehicles will use county roads that will be kept during low volume.
  • Bonnaroo promoters released early news releases to a trucking attention and other sources to warning a roving open to festival times, location, and swap routes.
  • Temporary communication towers are in place to urge puncture communications.

During a festival, motorists should call 511 from any mobile or land line phone for trade updates or revisit a TDOT website during where they can also find information on swap routes.  From your desktop or mobile device, get a latest trade information and live streaming SmartWay trade cameras during  TDOT is also on Twitter.  For statewide trade tweets follow TN511 or for informal trade information follow Nashville511, Chattanooga511, Memphis511 and Knoxville511.

Also, drivers should keep in mind that if they need a assistance of a state guard while roving anywhere in Tennessee, they can simply dial *THP (*847) from their dungeon phone.  They will be automatically connected to a nearest THP dispatch bureau and a user will send a state guard to their location.