Police to change traffic flow after Bonnaroo festival

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Four days full of music and fun for those attending Bonnarroo in Manchester, but for many, the weekend started in standstill traffic.

“It was horrible. The first night was really bad, we were in traffic for two hours,” said Bailey Chavez.

“I think a lot of the longer waits was just due to the sell out crowd of Bonnaroo this year, it’s the largest crowd they’ve had in at least six years,” Chris Patterson, Administrative Captain for the Manchester Police.

Some festival-goers headed out early Sunday to avoid sitting in the car again.

“We just don’t want to be in traffic for hours and we have an early flight tomorrow,” Chavez said. 

Police tell News 2 they met with Bonnaroo staff during the festival and decided to make changes as people head out.

“We will two-lane them out parts of tonight when it gets heavy, and then hopefully most of the day tomorrow we will most definitely two lane them out, where we don’t do that going in,” Patterson said.

Police plan to reverse both Bushy Branch and Ragsdale Road so that they flow in one direction out of the festival. 

“They’re anticipating to two-lane them out from the general west toll both um until probably about 1 or 2 a.m. and then in the morning once everybody gets up to go home, we’ll be directing from 6 or 7 a.m. until they’re expecting about 2 p.m.,” Patterson said.

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