Speaking of jam… strawberry festival to bring traffic headaches

The city is shutting down roads in anticipation of the 100,000 visitors expected at the 2018 Pungo Strawberry Festival

The 2018 Pungo Strawberry Festival in Virginia Beach will celebrate its 35 year on Memorial Day weekend (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Pungo Strawberry Festival)
The 2018 Pungo Strawberry Festival in Virginia Beach will celebrate its 35 year on Memorial Day weekend (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Pungo Strawberry Festival)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival begins May 25 and runs through Sunday, May 27. Organizers say this community event is expected to draw more than 100,000 guests to the southern half of the city.

The event is free, but there’s a $10 (cash only) parking fee.

According to the city’s communications office, the following roads will be closed during the festival:

Princess Anne Road — Northbound lane from Indian River Road to Back Bay Farms entrance. Lane closed to all northbound traffic.

  • Saturday, May 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 27: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Princess Anne Road —  North and southbound lanes closed to all traffic from Indian River Road to Muddy Creek Road.

  • Friday, May 25: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., road will be closed to all traffic (except for vendors).
  • Friday, May 25: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., road closed to all traffic.
  • Saturday, May 26: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., road closed to all traffic.
  • Sunday, May 27: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., road closed to all traffic.

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Heavy traffic and possible delays are expected along the following roadways, according to the city:

  • Indian River Road from West Neck Road to New Bridge Road.
  • Princess Anne Road from Sandbridge Road to Indian River Road.
  • Princess Anne Road from West Neck Road to Muddy Creek Road.
  • New Bridge Road from Indian River Road to Sandbridge Road.

To alleviate anticipated traffic back-ups and delays, Virginia Beach Police will be managing traffic control and directing vehicles to designated parking areas.

Drivers are highly encouraged to avoid access to Sandbridge Beach via Indian River to Princess Anne to New Bridge roads. Drivers from the south are advised to take West Neck Road north to North Landing and then east on Princess Anne Road to Sandbridge Road.

The city will be providing up-to-date traffic conditions during the event through the city’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

Visit the Pungo Strawberry Festival website for information or call 757-721-6001.

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