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July 22, 2024

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TDOT Prepares for 2024 Bonnaroo Music Festival

TDOT is working hard to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination this weekend.

Once again, Manchester, Tennessee will host the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival from Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16, 2024. Since 2002, the event has featured a diverse assortment of performers on a 700-acre Middle Tennessee farm that becomes the temporary home for thousands from across the country.

The area in and around Manchester always sees increased traffic volumes during this time (over 65,000 expected attendees). And the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is gearing up for the extra traffic. TDOT works closely with the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Manchester Police Department, Manchester Fire and Rescue, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Coffee County EMA and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination.

β€œTDOT has once again coordinated with our agency partners to ensure safe and efficient travel during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival,” says Deputy Governor and TDOT Commissioner Butch Eley. β€œThe main objective is to keep thru traffic moving smoothly on I-24 while getting festivalgoers safely in and out of the Bonnaroo site. As a result of this planning, we believe we can successfully minimize traffic delays throughout the weekend.”

TDOT HELP units will assist with traffic management during the festival and aid any motorists who require assistance.

What Else to Know About I-24 Bonnaroo Traffic:

  • HELP trucks will be on-site patrolling the interstate and state routes throughout the festival region.
  • Exit 111 (SR-55) will be used as the main festival exit. Alternate exits will be used if congestion occurs on the interstate.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to warn drivers ahead of delays.
  • No construction-related lane closures on I-24 near the festival between 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, through 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2024.
  • 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.
  • Temporary communication towers will be in place to improve emergency communications.

Need the assistance on the interstate? Dial *THP (*847) from your cell phone to connect with the nearest THP dispatch office and the operator will send a state trooper to your location.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.