Coffee County to Receive $6 MIllion for Road Work around Bonnaroo

Photo from above Bonnaroo

Coffee County has been awarded a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for $6 million. The road construction project will widen New Bushy Branch and Ragsdale roads in Manchester. The work will widen a 2.9-mile section to three lanes. This is main road that attendees use to enter Bonnaroo each June.
The replacement of the bridge over Wolf Creek is expected to cost about $2 million, and the grant funds will cover 80 percent of that expense.
The road upgrade is expected to cost between $4 and $5 million, with the grant covering 50 percent.
Bonnaroo representatives say the objective is for the matching funds to be paid with funds collected from ticket fees. Festival representatives have proposed a $4 fee for each ticket sold to go to an infrastructure fund.
The contract between Coffee County and festival organizers ended June 30, 2017.
According to a new proposed agreement this would eliminate a $3 per ticket fee and the $30,000 annual flat fee that the county receives from Bonnaroo. The proposed $4 fee per each ticket sold will go to an infrastructure fund to be used for improvements on or around the festival’s grounds.
The new contract is still being negotiated.