Plan ahead for road closures, heavy traffic during Music Fest and Bonnaroo

Jun 5, 2018


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --   If you commute into downtown Nashville daily, or if you happen to have business downtown this week, remember CMA Music Fest takes place this week.

Some Music Fest events are already underway, but you can expect the really big crowds to clog downtown streets Thursday. The festival continues through Sunday night.

WMOT Traffic reporter Randy O’Brien says if you don’t plan ahead you will be spending a lot of time sitting in traffic.

“Anticipate lots of slow down, lots of problems with getting to some of those downtown streets. First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Avenues, Church Street, Demonbreun, Broadway; all of those will be closed down as will several streets around Nissan Stadium.”

You can also expect slow downs on I-24 East and West bound in the Manchester area as Bonnaroo fans arrive. Randy O’Brien says the Tennessee Highway Patrol does a great job getting festival goers on and off the interstate, but you can still expect slowdowns.

If you’re attending either music festival, the weather will be almost ideal. The Weather Service says we should be dry Thursday and Friday. There’s a slight chance of rain Saturday, but a good chance for rain on Sunday.

Meteorologist Scott Unger says high temps and humidity mean you’ve got to stay hydrated

“You’re heat indices will probably be mid-to upper 90s. So it might be 92 on the thermometer, but it’s going to feel warmer than that.”

Unger says there is some chance of Thunderstorms Sunday, so it’s important festival fans keep an eye on the weather over the weekend.