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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Mountain Jam...jamming traffic

Road closure expected

By Patricio Robayo - staff writer

For the week of the Mountain Jam festival, the Town of Bethel will have several roads closed to allow for attendees goers to manage their way around town.
BETHEL —The summer season will soon be upon us, and the Bethel Town Board wants to make sure that traffic is not a nightmare with all the events planned this season celebrating the Woodstock 50th anniversary.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will host Mountain Jam starting on June 13 and ending on June 16.
On April 24, the Bethel Town Board passed a 2019 Traffic and Mobility Plan.
According to Senior Vice President of Planning and Operations for Live Nation Wayne Goldberg, the festival is looking to host 12,000 concertgoers.
Out to those 12,000 people, Live Nation expects up to 6,000 campers are expected to stay the entire weekend.
“The plan we have is close to what we did with Mystery Land two years ago,” said Bethel Town Supervisor Dan Sturm.

“We are very happy to have Mountain Jam to kick off the summer season. It's a great camping and concert event. We are looking forward to it," added Sturm.
Road closure

West Shore Road

Starting June 13 at 2 p.m. until June 16 West Shore Road will be closed except for approved and credentialed festival vehicles from Happy Avenue to Hurd Road. Only pedestrians and properly credentialed festival vehicles will be allowed on this road to walk from the camping site to the festival area and vice versa.
The day before the start of the festival on June 12 and the following day after the festival June 17, there will be limited access on that road.
Best Road

Starting June 13 at 4 p.m. until June 16 Best Road will be closed except to authorized vehicles, with limited access on June 12 and 17.

Traffic Pattern Changes
During the open hours of the camping site during Mountain Jam, there shall be no parking, stopping or standing of any motor vehicle, except those vehicles on official business, at the following road locations: along both sides of Hurd Road between the intersection of NYS Route 17B and its intersection with West Shore Road.
Perry Road to Hurd Road via West Shore Road will be used as the primary access point for emergency vehicles and first responders.
Only properly credentialed festival vehicles, emergency vehicles and residents with access passes will be allowed to turn northbound on Hurd Road from 17B and southbound on Hurd Road from West Shore Road. During off-peak hours the closure of Hurd Road will be as needed.
The Intersection of State Routes 55 and 17B will be monitored by the New York State Police, with newly installed video cameras for congestion issues from the concert site.
The Pine Grove Road and NYS State Route 17B traffic light in Smallwood will change to blinking yellow starting June 14 from 10 p.m. through 3 a.m. and also on June 16.
White Lake and Monticello traffic lights will be coordinated with the New York State Department of Transportation.

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