Bonnaroo traffic update 2019

Bonnaroo traffic is still prevalent in Manchester as of Thursday, June 13 around 8:30 a.m., however most major roadways in town are clear. 

There is a backup of vehicles in front of Raider Academy on Highway 55 to Ragsdale Road, as well as a line of cars on Highway 41, which are being directed to the east gate on Asbury Road. 

"I ask that all of our locals remain patient – nothing has changed. No law enforcement has changed anything. There’s three entrances into this thing – single lane entrances, two lane entrances –  dumping a four lane highway into two lanes, there’s only so much you can do," said Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin.

He added law enforcement is doing all they can to keep traffic moving and out of town. 

Due to the size of this year's festival, Partin explained some cars have been in line all night. The past five festivals have not drawn crowds this size, between 45,000 and 60,000 people), therefore getting people into the farm was a lot quicker, Partin explained. 

"The music lineup has changed (over the years) and this lineup has a large following," he said, adding he believes festival organizers when they say Bonnaroo is sold out this year. 

On Wednesday, June 12, the gates opened at 3 p.m,. 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. All gates closed briefly due to lightning and opened again in less than an hour. 

As of Thursday at 9 a.m., there is no backup of traffic on the interstate. It is moving and localized to the roads leading to the gates. 

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Casey recently joined the Manchester Times team in March 2018. Coming off a 17-month reporter stint in Port Chester, NY, she is looking forward to slowing down and integrating herself into the community. She currently resides in Manchester.

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