State police are warning travelers in the Hudson Valley of likely traffic delays coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival.
Troopers say traffic congestion is expected on routes 17 and 17b in Sullivan County Thursday through Sunday. Traffic is expected to be particularly heavy on Route 17 westbound between the Thruway in Harriman and exit 104 onto Route 17b in Monticello.
Peak traffic for westbound lanes is anticipated between 1 and 7 p.m. and for eastbound lanes between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. all four days of the anniversary concert weekend.
Local officials expect up to 100,000 visitors to the Woodstock festival site in the town of Bethel Thursday through Sunday.
Community police liaison Rabbi Berish Freilich, told Hamodia, “It is important that everybody should be aware of this traffic advisory, not that they should panic, but that they should plan accordingly. Anyone who is going to the mountains for Shabbos should leave as early as possible, and if they possibly can on Thursday night.”