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Traffic for Lockn' Music Festival in Nelson County slowing traffic on Route 29

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Sep 05 2013 02:25:54 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 05 2013 02:27:07 PM EDT
NelsonCounty-Traffic-Alert
NELSON CO., Va. -

Traffic headed to the Lockn’ Music Festival in Nelson County is slowing traffic on U.S. Route 29 North, and other area roads.

The Virginia Department of Transportation suggests that drivers use Route 151 (Patrick Henry Highway) from the intersection of Route 29/151 in Amherst County to the intersection of Route 250/151 in Albemarle County as an alternate route. However, this route is not recommended for trucks.

Through Monday morning at the latest, access to crossovers between Oak Ridge Road (Route 635) and Tye River Road (Route 739) will be restricted. Law enforcement will be monitoring several locations.

Drivers should be aware of several traffic pattern changes. Through traffic on Route 29 South should use the right lane, while through traffic on Route 29 North should use the left lane.

Southbound traffic heading to the festival or wanting to return northbound will have to make a U-turn about five miles south of the Oak Ridge crossover. Festival traffic will be moved to the right lane, and follow the signs for the event.

Here is the news release from the Virginia Department of Transportation:

The traffic volume on U.S. 29 in Nelson County has increased significantly throughout the day and traffic is backed up on portions of U.S. 29 North and several roads leading to Oak Ridge and the Lockn’ Music Festival site.  Motorists may wish to consider using Route 151 (Patrick Henry Highway) from the intersection of Route 29/151 in Amherst County to the intersection of Route 250/151 in Albemarle County as an alternate route. This route is not recommended for trucks.

Through Monday morning at the latest, access to crossovers between Oak Ridge Road (Route 635) and Tye River Road (Route 739) will be restricted and law enforcement will be monitoring various locations.   

Motorists should be alert to several changes in traffic pattern in the area and follow the signage. Thru traffic on U.S. 29 South should use the right lane, while thru traffic on U.S. 29 North should use the left lane.

Southbound traffic going to the Festival or wanting to return northbound will make a U-turn approximately five miles south of the Oak Ridge Road crossover. Festival traffic will be moved to the right lane and follow signage to the event.

Up-to-date information on possible congestion may be obtained by calling 511 or viewing conditions atwww.511Virginia.org.