Traffic details for Spiedie Fest

By Haley Burton
By Scott Sasina

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 7:57 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Construction projects have several detours in the area of this weekend's Spiedie Fest.

Action News talked to the New York State Department of Transportation and the Broome County Sheriff's Office about how to keep traffic running smoothly for the festival.

The DOT will keep the Front Street on-ramp to I-81N at exit five open this year, which is something they haven't done in previous years.

This means 81 northbound will be down to two lanes of traffic, so the third can be used by buses to transport people from the festival.

Dave Hamburg, an official with the DOT said this plan should not only create smoother traffic, but a safer commute as well.

"What we are doing is making sure that there is enough room and enough safe distance for the traffic that needs to get back on Interstate 81, and that they are able to do so safely," Hamburg said.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder said having people bussed over from SUNY Broome will be a big help as well.

"There will be officers at different intersections helping with the traffic. Plenty of signs are up warning people. And a lot of the people have been coming here for years so they know what to do," Harder said.

These plans will be in effect for the entire weekend.

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