(CNS) Traffic delays are expected in and around Indio this weekend because of the three-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
The gates at the Empire Polo Club open at 11 a.m. Friday, and delays should be expected when traveling through Indio and La Quinta, Indio Community Services Manager Jim Curtis said.
Roads closed Friday through Sunday include:
-- Avenue 49 between Hjorth and Monroe streets
-- Avenue 50 between Madison and Jackson streets
-- Hjorth between avenues 49 and 50
-- Madison between avenues 49 and 52
Traffic is expected to back up on:
-- Southbound Jefferson, Washington and Monroe, from Interstate 10 to
-- Highway 111 at Jefferson and Monroe
-- I-10 eastbound exits at Jefferson and Monroe
The same closures and delays apply to the second weekend of Coachella,
For alternate north-south routes, drivers can use Washington, Jackson, Calhoun Street and Golf Center Parkway, Curtis said. Alternate east-west routes include Fred Waring Drive, Miles Avenue, Avenue 52 and Avenue 48.
Curtis said about 25,000 people will be shuttled into and out of the concert venue from locations throughout the Coachella Valley to help ease traffic. The pickup and dropoff point for taxis and others will be at Avenue 52 and Madison.
No pedestrian or pedestrian festival access will be allowed on Monroe and Madison between avenues 49 and 52. Pedestrian access will be available at the corners of Avenue 49 and Monroe and Avenue 52 and Madison. Golf carts won't be permitted on any of those streets.
Curtis said he advises everyone to have patience, and local residents should avoid routes taken by concertgoers. He said people can call the city's non-emergency concert hotline, (760) 541-7800, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with concerns or questions.
The Palm Springs Police Department asked people in town for the festival to buckle up and use a designated driver, and to be careful crossing streets.