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State police warn of Woodstock festival traffic delays

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A plaque marks the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Bethel, N.Y. Woodstock will be celebrated on its 50th anniversary, but it won't be your hippie uncle's trample-the-fences concert. While plans for a big Woodstock 50 festival collapsed after a run of calamities, the bucolic upstate New York site of the 1969 show is hosting a long weekend of events featuring separate shows by festival veterans like Carlos Santana and John Fogerty. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) -- 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. The site is hosting separate shows by festival veterans like Carlos Santana and John Fogerty.

AP-WF-08-13-19 1030GMT

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