FRANKLIN, Tenn. – State and local officials have urged drivers in Williamson County to use alternate routes starting Friday as the Williamson County Fair kicks off.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Franklin Police are gearing up for heavy traffic due to an interstate construction project along the normal route.
Officials said an additional 200,000 people could be traveling along Interstate 65 to get to the fair, which kicks off Friday and runs through Saturday, August 9.
Fairgoers normally get off at the Peytonsville Road exit by lining up along the far right shoulder, but that shoulder has been used as the lane of traffic while TDOT crews work on a construction project in the center lanes of I-65.
TDOT said they will have additional message boards in place to inform travelers of the potential for delays. Franklin Police will be on hand to direct traffic at the I-65 off-ramps and fairgrounds entrance.
Drivers who are not attending the fair were asked to plan ahead and avoid the area if possible.
This will be the Williamson County Fair’s 10th year. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday.