Coachella Fest Just Two Days Away
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CREATED Apr. 10, 2013
For the next three weekends, the valley becomes the center of the music universe.
Get ready for the crowds, Coachella Music and Arts Festival is just two days away.
The music stages are going up as crews finish the final preparations for the massive music fest.
The signs are up, the fences are set and the stage stands waiting for the crowds.
And they're on their way.
"There'll be people coming into town actually late tonight probably, early tomorrow morning getting ready to check in for camping, but the bulk of people come in mostly on Friday, when the bands come in," said Indio Community Services Manager, Jim Curtis.
And with that flood of festival goers, comes traffic tangles.
"You know what, it's going to be patience, it's going to be crowded, there's going to be a lot of people out there, so we have alternate routes," said Curtis.
A couple roads nearest to the polo grounds will be closed.
And expect delays on Jefferson, Washington and Monroe streets which busy from the festival to the Interstate 10.
Highway 111 will be busy through Indio.
But recent street and sidewalk improvements could help pick up the pace of traffic.
"We're looking forward to Friday, because we want to see how all this new development and new additions are going to benefit our operations," said Ben Guitron with the Indio Police Department.
There are rows of police cars already at the festival, hundreds of officers will be working.
"We're going to be watching traffic, pedestrian flow, we're going to be making sure that people within the concert are minding their p's and q's and enjoying themselves. We're going to be obviously paying attention to the camping areas, it's a city within a city," said Guitron.
And those not filling up the campgrounds, are flooding into local hotels.
"This weekend we are sold out, but we have some rooms for the following weekend, Stagecoach is still a bit early, I think people will be signing up for that a little later on," said the general manager of Royal Plaza Inn, Dipak Patel.
Dave Ison, a resident near the polo grounds, says with the road improvements and a resident badge on his car.. the festival won't impact him.
"They've done a great job with rearranging the traffic flows and handling the crowds and each year it gets better, so I don't change anything, I can sit in my backyard and listen to it, it's cool," said Ison.
About 25,000 people will be shuttled in and out of the concert area., which should also help with the traffic.
And there is a non-emergency concert hotline.
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