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PGA Concert Traffic Snarls Fans

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FAIRLEA -

The PGA Concert series is drawing in fans and that means some traffic congestion.

Concert-goers lined Interstate 64 in both directions for hours Thursday night. Some concert-goers were still sitting in traffic close to 9 p.m.

Tim McGraw was the headliner on Thursday. The Black Eyed Peas play Friday night and are expected to draw even larger crowds.

West Virginia State Police and the Department of Transportation have met to discuss the problems Thursday night and have a plan in place to alleviate some of the congestion.

Several alternate routes to the West Virginia State Fairgrounds will be open and available to concert-goers. There will also be additional signage and police officers in place to help direct the flow of traffic.

Lynn Swann, with The Greenbrier, advises fans to leave early. "The gates open at 4 p.m. and in this case concert-goers should try to get there as early as possible."

The Black Eyed Peas take the stage at 9 p.m.

More than 31,000 fans attended the PGA Tournament on Thursday. That's nearly double the normal population of Greenbrier County which comes in at 34,000.