Caltrans and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County are advising drivers to expect and plan for increased traffic on Highway 68 beginning August 3 and lasting for the next several days due to the Spirit West Coast festival taking place at Laguna Seca Recreation Park August 4 – 6. The festival is expected to draw more than 20,000 fans over the three days, with many festival campers and vendors beginning to arrive on August 3. While vendors enter on Hwy 68, festival attendees are directed to use the South Boundary Road entrance to Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
According to Lavonne Chin, Monterey County Parks Department’s Special Events Manager, the busiest times will be August 3 and 4, when many of the campers come in. The peak times for day attendees (non-campers) last year were:
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., and 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. – midnight.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. – midnight.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Drivers are advised to expect delays, be alert and exercise caution through the area, and plan alternate routes, if possible.
Caltrans, which has several projects along Hwy 68, will not have crews working on Hwy 68 until the night of August 7.
Monterey County also has a project under construction at Hwy 68 and San Benancio. That work is done during the day, behind k-rail barriers, and does not involve any lane closures.