Authorities expect traffic to flow well for Exit 111 Festival

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The first ever Exit 111 Festival, which will include a variety of rock music is this week. Both Manchester City and Coffee County Schools will be closed Friday, Oct. 11 after the school systems adjusted their schedules.

Headliners include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard and Guns n' Roses.

Many residents have been asking about the expected attendance and traffic plans for Interstate 24.

The event is off of I-24 in nearby Coffee County close to mile marker 111, the same area for Bonnaroo each year. However, this is a separate event from Bonnaroo with a lower crowd attendance.

According to Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin, authorities expect traffic to flow quickly in and out each night of the festival. He said that the state does not want to open the special interstate exit (often unofficially referred to as 112) that was designed many years ago just for Bonnaroo.

Sheriff Partin added that the main artery for traffic will be Ragsdale Rd and New Bushy Branch Rd. with three toll booths open into the Great Stage Park property. Officials do not expect to use other roads such as Asbury. However, additional access roads can be used as necessary.

Although official numbers are not available, attendance for this festival is expected to be below 25,000, according to news sources with partner station WMSR in Coffee County, TN. Tickets remain on sale and are available on site and those numbers can rise significantly out this week leading up to the event.

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