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Altamont Gets Ready for Countryfest – Some Driving Tips

While driving up to the Altamont Fairgrounds to get some things ready for Countryfest 2011, we noticed they are getting ready in many ways including an electronic road sign stating that Countryfest is this weekend and to expect delays (see the photo after the jump.) So in our best effort to give you a hand, here are some pointers to help you get in to the festival with as much ease as possible.

Brian Bushner, WGNA

For starters, plan for some extra time because it is a two lane road leading to Altamont. If you have a smartphone, have one of your passengers check out Google Maps for your location because they often tell how how backed up a route is. There is more than one way to get there – here are our suggested directions based on where you’re coming from – and you can download them and print them out if that’ll help too!

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Choose a designated driver and pile in for a great day of music and fun! Allow time for traffic: You WILL experience some delays. Please allow for that in your travel time. The show will kick off at 11am and you won’t want to miss one minute. While in traffic, PLEASE be considerate of others in traffic with you and the property owners along the way. PLEASE treat others as you would expect to be treated! Pay attention to the Countryfest 2011 staff. We have over 200 people working to get you parked and on your way to Countryfest 2011! PLEASE pay attention and follow directions.

Take a DIFFERENT route

There are several ways to get to The Altamont Fairgrounds. LOOK BELOW and choose a route that makes sense for you.

Parking Lot Gates open at 7:30am. The infield gates open at 11am.

Directions through Voorheesville

Take Rt 20 to Rt 155 WEST. Head west on Rt 155 for 4 miles, to the roundabout at Rt 85A in Voorheesville. Once in the circle, take the first right onto Rt 85A WEST. Take Rt 85A WEST for 3/4 mile to the first signal. At the signal, bear right onto Rt 156. About 1/4 mile past the signal, bear left at the split on Rt 156 towards Altamont. Stay on Rt 156 for about 5 1/2 miles, to the Brandle Road access.

Google Street View

Directions through Guilderland

Take Rt 20 West to Rt. 146. Take a left on Rt. 146 West and continue straight. Altamont Fairgrounds will be on your left (approximately 5 miles).

From the NORTH on I-87 (Northway)

Take I-87 south to Albany. DO NOT take Exit One for I-90/I-87 New York Thruway. Stay in the LEFT LANE and continue to Rt. 20/WESTERN AVE. Turn RIGHT (west) on Rt. 20/WESTERN AVE.

Follow Rt. 20 4.3 miles to Rt. 146 West. Turn LEFT on Rt. 146 toward Altamont. Go 5.5 miles. Turn LEFT at the Altamont Fairgrounds sign.

 

From the SOUTH on I-87 (NY Thruway)

Take Exit 24. Follow signs to Rt. 20/WESTER

N AVE.

(It’s the first exit, immediately after the toll booth). Turn RIGHT (west) on Rt. 20/WESTERN AVE.

Follow Rt. 20 4.3 miles to Rt. 146 West. Turn LEFT on Rt. 146 toward Altamont. Go 5.5 miles. Turn LEFT at the Altamont Fairgrounds sign.

From the EAST on I-90

I-90 to Exit B-1. Follow this non-Thruway section of I-90 to the Fuller Rd./State University Exit. Turn LEFT on Fuller Rd. and continue to the next traffic light (Washington Ave.). Turn RIGHT (west) on Washington and go 2.9 miles until it ends at Rt 155. Turn LEFT on Rt. 155, go 1.4 miles to Rt. 20 (Western Ave.). Turn RIGHT on Rt. 20, go 1.9 miles to Rt. 146. Turn LEFT (west) on Rt. 146 towards Altamont. Go 5.5 miles and turn left at the Altamont Fairgrounds sign.

Countryfest at the Altamont Fairgrounds
Lou Roberts Collection

From other points east and a little further north (eg: Vermont)

Take NY Route 7 west to the Adirondack Northway I-87 south to Albany. DO NOT take Exit One for I-90/I-87 New York Thruway.

Stay in the LEFT LANE and continue to Rt. 20/WESTERN AVE. Turn RIGHT (west) on Rt. 20/WESTERN AVE.

Follow Rt. 20 4.3 miles to Rt. 146 West. Turn LEFT on Rt. 146 towards Altamont. Go 5.5 miles. Turn LEFT at the Altamont Fairgrounds sign.

From the WEST on I-90 (NY Thruway)

Take the NY THRUWAY/I-90 east to EXIT 25.

After toll booth, take the first exit (Exit 9). Stay to your right and take Rt. 7/CURRY RD. to a traffic light at Rt. 146. Turn LEFT on Rt. 146/CARMAN RD. Go 3.7 miles. Turn LEFT (east) on Rt. 20/WESTERN AVE. Go 0.8 miles.

Turn RIGHT on Rt. 146 towards Altamont. Go 5.5 miles. Turn left at the Altamont Fairgrounds sign.

 

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