CENTRAL POINT - Crowds will fill the Jackson County Expo for the "Red, White & Boom" event on July 4. Drivers in the area can anticipate congestion and delays as vehicles leave at the conclusion of the fireworks display.
The Jackson County Expo is located at 1 Peninger Road, Central Point – near Interstate 5, Exit 33. Gates open at 5:30 pm with the fireworks display set to begin at approximately 10 pm. The family-friendly event includes activities and entertainment. Parking is not allowed along Peninger Road.
Following the fireworks display, traffic signals at nearby intersections will be adjusted to allow people to leave the event more efficiently. Traffic will be directed one-way in both lanes on Peninger Road for vehicles leaving the Expo. Vehicles will be routed north toward Upton Road from the north parking lots and south toward Pine Street from the south parking lots.
The road will be temporarily closed to incoming traffic for over an hour to allow vehicles to exit the Expo parking lots. This is an important planning note for parents – due to the one-way traffic, vehicles will not be able to drive toward the Expo to pick up children after the fireworks.
In addition to assisting with traffic control, JCSO deputies will be patrolling the area with a special focus on spotting impaired drivers. Deputies suggest carpooling and designating a sober driver for those who plan to consume alcohol at the event. They also remind everyone that smoking marijuana in public is prohibited by state law.
"Red, White & Boom" is sponsored by the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County and other local organizations and businesses. Click on the following link for more information: http://web.medfordchamber.com/events/Red-White-and-BOOM-2017-2476/details.