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Traffic Information – Overland Expo-East – October 11-13, 2019

October 1, 2019

The world’s premier overland & adventure travel event comes to Infinity Downs, October 11-13. Overland Expo is the world’s most unique event series for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts. Overland Expo offers hundreds of session-hours of classes for 4-wheel-drive and adventure motorcycling, inspirational programs, the Overland Film Festival, roundtable discussions, demonstrations, food, and a large expo featuring hundreds of vendors of adventure travel equipment, camping gear, bikes, vehicles, and services.

Day passes, weekend camping passes and premium education packages are available at overlandexpo.com.

FACTS & FIGURES:

Ticket Purchasers –63% are from Out-of-State, including patrons from all 50 states and international visitors.

Top States of Purchasers – include Virginia, North Carolina, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Florida and Tennessee.

Overland Expo attendees come from as far away as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, Sweden, and Ukraine.

Overland Expo will host 150+ instructors, trainers and travelers from all over the world to offer 250+ classes, seminars, demos, activities, slideshows, and films; totaling 350+ session-hours of instruction.

75+ media outlets will attend Overland Expo to report on the latest trends in the overland, off-road & adventure travel industry.

We are expecting close to 10,000 event attendees across day passes, weekend campers and VIP premium education pass holders.

TRANSPORTATION PREVIEW:

  • Pre-Event traffic – on Wednesday, October 9, as early arrival exhibitors and volunteers arrive in Nelson County. (From the North and South along Rt. 29, and Rt. 151 South to Rt. 6 and Route 6 East to Rt. 29)
  • During the event, October 10-13, most camping attendees will arrive on Thursday and Friday and the bulk of Day Pass Attendees will be on site Saturday, October 12 (From the North and South along Rt. 29 to Diggs Mountain Road).
  • Post-Event traffic – on Sunday, October 13, (perhaps a little heavier) as attendees depart the Expo. (North and South along Route 29, Route 6 West and Route 151 North)Be aware of possible congestion and changes in traffic patterns on US 29 and side roads near Oak Ridge Estate from Wednesday evening, October 9 through midday Monday, October 14. The highest volumes of traffic on Route 29 are expected to occur Thursday morning, Friday morning, Saturday morning and during the departure period Sunday afternoon into midday Monday.
  • On or before Wednesday, contractors working for Overland Expo, in collaboration with the Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will begin setting up traffic control south of the Lovingston area. Efforts to mitigate congestion on the roadways include:
  • Traffic may be routed by Virginia State Police to most expediently direct vehicles with the least amount of disruption to the usual flow of traffic, and to business accessibility.
  • On Wednesday evening, early arrival event traffic will be directed off Route 29 onto Route 29 Business (Front Street) at the traffic signal at Lovingston, from there onto Route 56 (James River Rd,) and then right onto Oak Ridge Rd.( Route 650)
  • Heavier than normal traffic over Arrington Road (Rte. 665) from Route 29 to Diggs Mtn. Rd and over Diggs Mountain Road (Route 668) to Oak Ridge Road (Rte. 650) can be expected throughout the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Oak Ridge Road between Route 29 and Route 56 will be closed to through traffic at various times on Wednesday evening and throughout the day on Thursday.
  • Oak Ride Road Eastbound between Route 29 and Diggs Mt Road will be closed from 8am – 5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Day Pass Attendees arriving from the South on US29 will be directed to turn onto Arrington Road to arrive at Diggs Mountain road.
  • All other event traffic will be directed off Route 29 onto Route 29 Business (Front Street) at the traffic signal at Lovingston, from there onto Route 56 (James River Rd,) and then right onto Oak Ridge Rd.( Route 650)
  • To avoid any issues at the US 29 Oak Ridge Road cross-over, the US 29 SB left turn deceleration lane will be closed the entire event (however, note a gap will be left near the southern end to allow US 29 NB traffic to make a left through the Oak Ridge Road cross-over). In addition, the US 29 NB right turn deceleration lane and access to Oak Ridge Road EB from US 29 will be closed from 8am – 5pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The event will be responsible for sliding these drums and signage off the road after 5pm and setting them back up at 8am each day. VSP may post a state trooper at this intersection during peak ingress at their discretion.Motorists should anticipate additional vehicles, including recreational vehicles on Route 29 and several adjoining secondary routes, including Oak Ridge Road (Route 653), Arrington and James River Road (Route 56). 
  • Message boards, other traffic control devices will be used to alert motorists to these changes in traffic patterns and any major congestion issues. A Safety Service Patrol unit will also be available during peak traffic periods to assist with any incidents that may occur.
  • If considering an alternate route, motorists are encouraged to use Route 151 (Patrick Henry Highway) from the intersection of Route 29/151 in Amherst County to the intersection of Route 250/151 in Albemarle County. This route is not recommended for trucks.
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