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With JazzFest less than a week away, coordinators are beginning to give festival goers a heads up on some traffic obstacles they may face. With construction still going on inside and outside of the park, things may get a little congested as you try to make your way around Yankton Trail Park.

Beginning July 18, this field will be packed with music lovers, and the parking lot surrounding it, will be full of cars. And while parking still may be hard to come by, there's another obstacle you might face.

“We want people to be aware that they need to be patient when coming in and out of the park,” said Robert Joyce, Executive Director of Sioux Falls Blues and Jazz, JazzFest.

Joyce said with some big names like Sheryl Crow for example taking the stage, over 125,000 people are expected to attend the three day festival. He also said if you are planning on attending this year’s festivities, you should plan on giving yourself a little extra time to get in and out of the festival, because you may see a little more congestion.

That's because 57th Street and Western Avenue, where festival goers will be coming in and out of the park, is under construction.  And when leaving drivers can only take a right hand turn.
     
“And they'll have to stay in their designated lane, which will once again take them right on the Western Avenue,” said Joyce.

He said if you can, your best bet is to travel by two wheels to hear some of your favorite tunes, instead of four.

“Bring your bike,” said Joyce. “That's the best way to get to the festival. You're in and out so fast, and really that's the best way to do it.”

But he said no matter which way or how long it takes you to get there, once you're at JazzFest, it will all be worth it.

“There will be better entertainment value for everyone, more lights and more staging,” Joyce said.

Shuttles from Lincoln, O’Gorman and Roosevelt High Schools are available again this year. The cost is $3 per person, round trip, to take them.


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