Tips for avoiding traffic on the way to Summerfest

CREATED Jun 24, 2014 - UPDATED: Jun 25, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Summerfest is full of the hottest jams, but not just of the musical variety - we're also talking the traffic kind.

"It's terrible!" says Cassandra Fry who lives in the Third Ward, near festival grounds. "It's really hard. You have to pay an arm and a leg for parking. Milwaukee is busy as it is, but then you have people coming from all over to come see bands that are playing. It's people on people, traffic on traffic."
And this year, it may be more difficult. Construction on the Hoan bridge and I-794 is blocking some prime Third Ward parking lots and spaces.
"It becomes one big parking lot down here," says Antoinette Rudig. "It's going to be absolutely crazy for the next two weeks."
With all the road closures, "No Parking" signs, and expensive lots, locals know to plan ahead. That means getting to Summerfest anyway you possibly can, without ever getting behind the wheel.
"Don't drive your car," Fry says. "If you can walk or bike, do so. At the very least carpool with a bunch of people."
Though competing with hundreds of thousands of visitors for parking is not for the faint of heart, most will still tell you it's absolutely worth it.
"It's the biggest music festival in the world," Rudig says. "Although I hate the traffic, I wouldn't miss it."
The county transit service's "Freeway Flyer" will make round-trip stops from 9 park-ride lots for $6.50.
The Milwaukee County Transit System's shuttle, which runs along Wisconsin Avenue, is a bus service which has been reduced from $3 to $1 round-trip.