I-24 speed limit lowered to 55 mph for Bonnaroo - WSMV Channel 4

I-24 speed limit lowered to 55 mph for Bonnaroo

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MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

About 80,000 music fans are converging on Coffee County for the annual Bonnaroo music festival, and officials are working to keep everyone safe.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the state highway patrol announced Monday that the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph on Interstate 24 near the festival.

Troopers will be patrolling around the clock starting Wednesday night.

The festival's gates will open for drivers that same night at 8 p.m. The music begins Thursday and goes until Sunday night.

"TDOT has once again coordinated with THP and other agencies to ensure safe, efficient travel during the Bonnaroo festival," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer in a news release. "The main objective is to keep through traffic moving smoothly on I-24 while getting festival goers safely into and out of the Bonnaroo site. Because of advance planning, we feel certain that we can successfully minimize traffic delays throughout the weekend."

TDOT and other agencies will be taking the following steps beginning June 12 through June 17:

  • Efforts will be concentrated on keeping I-24 traffic flowing.
  • Exit 111 (State Route 55) 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.
  • TDOT maintenance units will be posted throughout the festival region, and maintenance personnel will be on call all weekend.
  • TDOT will provide variable message signs to warn drivers of delays.
  • There will be no construction-related lane closures on I-24 near the Bonnaroo festival area between 6 a.m. on June 12 through 7 p.m. on June 17.
  • 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 and/or on the shoulder of the interstate, allowing through traffic to utilize the left travel lane unimpeded.
  • Emergency vehicles will use county roads that will be kept at low volume.
  • Bonnaroo promoters issued early news releases to the trucking industry and other sources to alert the traveling public to festival times, location, and alternate routes.
  • Temporary communication towers are in place to improve emergency communications.

Click here for a map of suggested detours around the festival: http://www.wsmv.com/link/640639/2013-bonnaroo-festival-detour-map

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