NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicks off Thursday night, and with 80,000 expected to attend, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic in the area.

Held in Manchester since 2002, the four-day event is held on a 700‑acre farm. The festival features multiple events that showcase a diverse assortment of musical styles and performers.

The area in and around Manchester always sees increased traffic throughout the festival. TDOT and the THP are working closely with local authorities and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on Interstate 24 while also getting Bonnaroo fans to their destination.

The gates officially open Wednesday at 8 p.m., allowing more time for attendees to get to the campground.

Not only will TDOT HELP trucks be on site to help with managing traffic, but transportation officials are also taking the following steps until the festival is over to ease traffic:

  • Efforts will be concentrated on keeping I-24 traffic flowing.
  • Exit 111 (SR 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, 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 Wednesday, June 10 through 7 p.m. on Monday, June 15.
  • 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.
  • Temporary communication towers are in place to improve emergency communications.

During the festival, drivers can call 511 from an mobile or land line for traffic updates. They can also visit for more information.

TDOT is also on Twitter.  For statewide traffic tweets follow TN511 or for regional traffic information follow Nashville511, Chattanooga511, Memphis511 and Knoxville511.

Drivers can also dial *THP (*847) from where in the state for assistance from a state trooper, who will be on the job 24 hours a day beginning Wednesday night to patrol on the ground and by air.

Visit Bonnaroo’s website for more information on the festival, including this year’s lineup and special events.