CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Department of Transportation and State Police advise travelers to expect significant congestion along some highways ahead of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.
The Jamboree will be held July 15-24 in its new, permanent location in Fayette County — The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
More than 40,000 Scouts, leaders, staff and volunteers are expected to attend. The heaviest traffic is expected on the W.Va. Turnpike, U.S. 19 and W.Va. 16, according to a press release from the transportation officials.
Peak hours of congestion are expected to be:
n 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 15 (Scout bus arrivals)
n 5 p.m. to midnight July 20 (Jamboree concert)
n 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 24 (bus and staff departures)
Bus traffic is also expected daily 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. when Scouts travel within the nine neighboring counties for service projects and whitewater rafting activities.
"Keeping the public moving safely is our goal, and we've taken every measure to assure that for visitors to the Jamboree and for our locals," said Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox in a release. "Being prepared is the key and the state's 511 Traveler Information System is the perfect tool to keep travelers in the know before they go."
The 511 Traveler Information System provides information on construction, lane closures, crashes, congestion and sever weather that affects traffic.
Those interested in accessing traffic cameras can visit www.wv511.org or get information by calling 5-1-1.
State Police will increase patrols in the area.