Highways leading to the desert are all clear Friday morning for the early bird Coachella festivalgoers flocking to Indio, but drivers are not likely to be so lucky later in the day.
The early birds have a chance to fly right through the 60 and 10 freeways on their way to the desert, greeted by partly cloudy skies.
The same thoroughfares are likely to break out in growing traffic delays as the day passes, although the possible congested conditions will be highlighted by mostly sunny conditions with mid-80s highs.
Indio city officials said motorists should expect traffic delays starting Friday and continuing through Sunday on the following stretches:
— southbound Jefferson, Washington and Monroe streets from the 10 Freeway to Avenue 52;
— Avenue 48 between Jefferson and Jackson streets;
— Highway 111 at Jefferson and Monroe streets; and
— eastbound 10 Freeway exits at Jefferson, Monroe and Washington streets.
Several significant road closures are also planned Friday through Monday:
— Avenue 49 between Hjorth and Monroe streets;
— Avenue 50 between Madison and Jackson streets;
— Hjorth Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 50; and
— Madison Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 52
City officials recommend that northbound and southbound motorists use Washington, Jackson and Calhoun streets as well as Golf Center Parkway; while east-west travelers were advised to use Highway 111, Fred Waring Drive, Miles Avenue, Dr. Carreon Boulevard and Avenue 54.
Whether you are an early bird or a late bloomer, Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae and The 1975 are among the headliners who’ll kick off thed festival Friday evening.
Tame Impala, Kid Cudi and Billie Eilish are set to serenade festivalgoers on Saturday. Sunday will be capped off with performances from Ariana Granda and H.E.R.
Indio officials strongly encouraged festivalgoers to take advantage of the Any Line Shuttle, which costs $80 for the entire weekend and services hotels in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and other local resorts.
Information on the Any Line Shuttle is available at www.valleymusictravel.com/events/coachella-weekend-one/shuttle- passes/?utm_source=partner_referral&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=coachella_2 019.
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