Expect Traffic Delays After Macklemore Concert (Photo)
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A concert at the Jackson County Expo on Friday night will draw a large crowd. Drivers in the area can anticipate delays as vehicles leave after the concert. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies urge drivers to plan ahead and to be patient during the end-of-show egress.
Approximately 6,000 free tickets to the October 4, 2019, Macklemore show, sponsored by US Cellular, have already been distributed. VIP gates open at 5:30 p.m; general admission gates open at 6:00 p.m. The show starts at 7:00 p.m.
The Jackson County Expo is located at 1 Peninger Road, Central Point – near Interstate 5, exit 33. Parking is available in Expo lots only; vehicles are not allowed to park or stop along Peninger Road or Interstate 5. The area will be patrolled and vehicles found in violation will be towed.
Following the show, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Peninger Road will be 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; vehicles will not be able to drive toward the Expo to pick up children or others after the concert.
Traffic will be directed one-way in both lanes on Peninger Road for vehicles leaving the Expo. Vehicles leaving the north parking lots will be routed north toward Upton Road. Vehicles leaving the south parking lots will be directed south toward Pine Street. Traffic signals at nearby intersections will be adjusted to allow vehicles to leave the event more efficiently.
In addition to assisting with traffic control, JCSO deputies will be focused 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.
The event is sponsored by US Cellular. Click on the following link for more information about the concert: https://www.uscellular.com/about/press-room/2019/USCELLULAR_PRESENTS_FREE_MACKLEMORE_CONCERT_ON_OCTOBER_4_IN_CELEBRATION_OF_30_YEARS_OF_WIRELESS_SERVICE_IN_MEDFORD.html