Stagecoach Rides Out of Town After Sunday

Be prepared for some extra traffic as the country music fest attendees roll out of town Sunday night and Monday morning.

Jason Aldean performs at the sold-out Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, Ca. on April 26, 2014.   Patch Photo by Renee Schiaovne.
Jason Aldean performs at the sold-out Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, Ca. on April 26, 2014. Patch Photo by Renee Schiaovne.

Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are the headliners at the last day of the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio Sunday.

The sold-out festival at the Empire Polo Club, which started Friday, also featured Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others.

Preparations at the polo grounds for Stagecoach, which started in 2007, began when the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ended last Sunday. Both festivals are produced by Los Angeles-based promoter Goldenvoice.

Several Indio and La Quinta roads are closed through Sunday, and city officials expect delays on some well-traveled routes to and from the polo grounds.

Here's a rundown of the closed roads:

  • -- Avenue 49 between Hjorth and Monroe streets,
  • -- Avenue 50 between Madison and Jackson streets,
  • -- Hjorth between avenues 49 and 50, and
  • -- Madison between avenues 49 and 52.

Delays are expected on southbound Jefferson, Washington and Monroe streets, from Interstate 10 to Avenue 52; on Highway 111 at Jefferson and Monroe streets; and on the exits from eastbound I-10 at Jefferson and Monroe.

North and southbound travelers should use Washington, Jackson, Calhoun streets and Golf Center Parkway, city officials said.

Drivers trying to move east and west should use Fred Waring Drive, Miles Avenue and avenues 48 and 52, according to the city.

Taxis will be at the southwest corner of Avenue 49 and Monroe, and concert-goers can picked up and dropped off at Avenue 52 and Madison.

Pedestrians and golf carts will not be allowed on Monroe between avenues 49 and 52, but pedestrians will be allowed access at Avenue 49 and Monroe and Avenue 52 and Madison.

California Highway Patrol officers will be "aggressively searching for impaired drivers," Officer Mike Radford said.

"Prior to celebrating this weekend, add a sober driver or another safe form of transportation to your Stagecoach lineup," he said.

To avoid traffic on I-10 west, locals should use alternates routes such as Country Club Drive, Varner Road and Fred Waring Drive, he said. Interstate traffic backed both Mondays following the Coachella festival weekends.

More information about the Stagecoach festival is available at www.stagecoachfestival.com. Those with other questions or problems, can call the city at (760) 541-7800 or send email to concertinfo@indio.org.

— City News Service.


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