RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Rolling Stones will be in town Wednesday, and with their arrival, drivers can be sure to expect traffic backups.
Nearly 40,000 fans will converge on Carter-Finley stadium in Raleigh Wednesday evening for The Rolling Stones Concert, featuring The Avett Brothers.
The Department of Transportation and the State Highway Patrol are already prepared for the influx of traffic.
Several message boards have been placed around area roadways, notifying drivers of Wednesday’s concert.
Drivers traveling through the Fortify work zone on Interstate 40 West, at mile marker 294, for example, will be notified to take Exit 293-B to I-440 East to Exit 3 (Hillsborough Street) to Blue Ridge Road. In case of congestion on that route, drivers would take Exit 290 (N.C. 54 East) to Edwards Mill Road to Trinity Road.
Other routes that the Highway Patrol suggests:
• Drivers headed on I-440 West can take Exit 4-B (Wade Avenue) to Blue Ridge Road to Westchase Boulevard.
• From I-495 South, drivers can take Exit 419 (I-440 West) to Wade Avenue to Blue Ridge Road to Westchase Boulevard.
• From U.S. 1 North, drivers can take I-440 East to Exit 3 (Hillsborough Street) to Blue Ridge Road to Trinity Road.
On the day of, Highway Patrol will set up more than 30 posts to assist with stadium traffic before and after the concert.
“This concert is taking place. We have 40,000 plus people coming to a very centralized area of Wake County. We just ask everyone to be patient and allow our members to get them in and out of the concert area as fast as they can,” said Sgt. Michael Baker with the State Highway Patrol.
If you are heading to the concert, troopers recommend you give yourself some extra time to avoid those traffic headaches.