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Suffolk Police warn drivers about traffic at music festivals
Suffolk Police warn drivers about traffic at music festivals

With the Palm Tree Music Festival set to rock Shinnecock Indian Nation territory on Saturday, the Suffolk County Police Department released a statement Friday urging motorists to avoid Montauk Highway and County Road 39 near Shinnecock and Stony Brook Southampton College for the duration of the festival.

Between 1 p.m. and midnight on Saturday there will be “significant traffic delays and congestion on the roads,” police said.

Parking will be temporarily prohibited on residential side streets in this region, and festival-goers are asked to use the Long Island Rail Road, where buses to the festival will be available, as well as “event-provided shuttles or rideshares to designated pick-up/drop-off points only” on the university campus.

Around 10,000 visitors are expected at the festival, which was previously held for three years at the Francis Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) refused to grant permission to hold the festival there again this year.

“Southampton Police will be assisting with traffic control at key junctions and will do everything possible to reduce the expected congestion,” Suffolk Police said.

By Isla