Plan for Traffic Delays After Fireworks Event (Photo)
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Crowds will fill the Jackson County Expo for the annual “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. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies urge drivers to plan ahead and to be patient during the end-of-show egress.
The Jackson County Expo is located at 1 Peninger Road, Central Point – near Interstate 5, exit 33. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the fireworks display set to begin at approximately 10 p.m. The family-friendly event includes activities and entertainment. Parking is available in lots only; vehicles are not allowed to park or stop along Peninger Road.
Following the fireworks display, 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 – due to the one-way traffic, vehicles will not be able to drive toward the Expo to pick up children or others after the fireworks.
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.
“Red, White & Boom” is sponsored by the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County, the City of Central Point, and local organizations and businesses. Click on the following link for more information: http://www.medfordchamber.com/red-white--boom.html.