You might want to take note of these closures if you’re planning on going to the Pungo Strawberry Festival

The 2019 Pungo Strawberry Festival in Virginia Beach will celebrate its 36th year on Memorial Day weekend. (Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)
The 2019 Pungo Strawberry Festival in Virginia Beach will celebrate its 36th year on Memorial Day weekend. (Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The 36th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival begins May 24 and runs through that weekend.

The annual community event is expected to draw more than 100,000 guests to the southern end of the city over the two-day carnival, organizers said.

During the event, the following roads will be closed at the times listed below:

Princess Anne Road – Northbound lane from Indian River Road to Back Bay Farms entrance – 1833 Princess Anne Road (designated pedestrian walkway)

  • Saturday, May 25: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Lane closed to all northbound traffic
  • Sunday, May 26: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Lane closed to all northbound traffic

Princess Anne Road from Indian River Road to Muddy Creek Road
(Northbound and southbound lanes closed to all traffic)

  • Friday, May 24
    • 5 to 8 p.m. – Road closed (except for vendors)
    • 8 to 11 p.m. – Road closed to all traffic
  • Saturday, May 25
    • 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Road closed to all traffic
  • Sunday, May 26
    • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Road closed to all traffic

Heavy traffic is expected and possible delays along the following roadways.

Avoid these roads if at all possible:

  • 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.

Residents are reminded that the event is free, however, parking fee is $10 — cash only.

Sandbridge Beach: Drivers are 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 (2200 block) to Sandbridge Road.

For up-to-date traffic conditions during the event visit: facebook.com/CityofVaBeach or twitter.com/CityofVaBeach.

For more information on the Pungo Strawberry Festival, click here or call 757-721-6001.

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