The traffic jam to End all traffic jams?
June 11, 2008 · Updated 11:01 AM
"Unless you have tickets to Endfest, you might not want to drive through the Fairgrounds area today.A plethora of traffic delays and road closures is expected to make the already congested area even more unbearable. The sold-out, daylong Endfest concert is expected to bring around 20,000 people to the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, along with all the traffic needed to bring them there.A culvert project will shut down Nels Nelson Road, while Fairgrounds Road between Stampede Boulevard and Tibardis Road will be closed to traffic, as it traditionally is for major Fairgrounds events. Although people who live along the roads will be allowed to traverse them, cars heading to the concert will have to get to the Fairgrounds via Central Valley Road or northbound up Stampede Boulevard from Tracyton Boulevard.Sgt. Earl Smith, traffic coordinator for the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, said there is little Endfesters can do besides wait out the traffic.It gets congested and there is nothing you can do about it, Smith said. Just be patient.Smith said he'll have extra officers, reserves and volunteers out all day helping keep everything in order. Despite the added law enforcement, however, he expects little trouble.Everyone has usually been pretty respectable, Smith said. Ninety-nine point nine percent of the people are just there to have good time.Free parking will be available at the Fairgrounds and at the nearby Silver Spur Saddle Ranch. Paid parking also will be available at Olympic High School and at some houses along the side of the roads leading to the concert. Shuttles from the Bremerton Ferry Terminal will take concert-goers to the Fairgrounds. The shuttles will run every 15 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m. and go until 2:30 p.m. The shuttle back to the ferry terminal will start at 7 p.m. A round trip on the shuttle costs $5.There is some hope in the mess. Additional Seattle-bound ferry runs will depart at 8:50 p.m and 11:10 p.m. Saturday and - possibly - 1:30 a.m. Sunday."