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Navigating the 2018 Country Crossings Music Festival

Are you heading out to Country Crossings at the Expo this weekend? You'll need to prepare to get there—but NewsWatch 12 has you covered.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 10:37 AM
Updated: Jul 26, 2018 11:25 AM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — This week some of the biggest names in country music and thousands of fans will descend on the Jackson County Expo for the 2018 Country Crossings Music Festival. However, getting there and back again may be a challenge even for festival veterans, as many of the details have changed this year.

Check out all of the details below:


PARKING & RIDES

Only VIP and Handicap Parking are available near the Expo, both accessible from Peninger Road before 7 p.m. After parking, VIP and handicapped fans can walk directly through Gate 1 or hire a Pedicab.

For everyone else, the nearest parking is being provided by School District 6 at the following schools for a fee, with proceeds benefiting the school:

Scenic Middle School ($25 daily, cash only) - 1955 Scenic Ave, Central Point

Crater High School (farthest from the venue) - 655 N 3rd St, Central Point

Jewett Elementary School ($20 daily, cash only) - 1001 Manzanita St, Central Point

Fans who park in any of the school lots will be directed along either Upton Rd. or E Pine St., then onto the Bear Creek Greenway parallel to Peninger Road. There are no shuttles available this year for concert-goers.

Meanwhile, parking will be prohibited to festival-goers on many of the streets nearest to the Expo while Country Crossings is going on. Be sure to avoid the following streets, under penalty of towing:

 - Scenic Ave. from Hwy 99 to Upton Rd.

 - 3rd St. from E Pine St. to 10th St.

 - 10th St. from E Pine St. to Upton Rd.

 - All side streets east of 10th St.

 - Upton Rd.

 - Old Upton Rd. neighborhood

 - Wilson from Upton Rd. to Gebhard Rd.

 - Beebee Rd.

 - Hamrick Rd.

 - Peninger Rd.

 - E Pine St.

Passenger Drop-Off is located at Gate 1, behind the Family Fun Center on Peninger Rd. Follow the posted directions to the designated area. Taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers are welcome to use the designated drop off area.

Passenger Pick-Up will be at Scenic Middle School. Drivers will not be allowed onto Peninger Rd. after 7 p.m. in order to pick up attendees.

We walked the full route to Country Crossings from Scenic Middle School. To find out what's in store for festival-goers, check it out here.


ROAD CLOSURES & TRAFFIC

Peninger Road will be closed to through-traffic during the duration of the festival, with only authorized vehicles (including VIP or handicapped fans before 7 p.m.) allowed in. The road will close completely after 7 p.m. so fans can use it when exiting the festival.

Expect heavy congestion at I-5 Exit 33—Jackson County officials say do not use this exit in order to get to the event itself, or to pick up or drop off attendees. Use Exit 30 or 35 to approach the area.

Upton Road will be one-way from 10th St. to Wilson Rd. to help ensure the safety of pedestrians near the festival campgrounds.

The Bear Creek Greenway trail will be closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic between Pine St. and Upton Rd. with the express exception of event attendees with tickeets. There will be security checkpoints in place.

For more on road closures and traffic at Country Crossings, check out our story here.


AIR QUALITY & HEAT

Many of our viewers have expressed concern about air quality and high temperatures at the festival this weekend. NewsWatch 12 reached out to Country Crossings organizers and heard the following regarding those concerns:

 - There will be roaming medical teams and a staffed mobile hospital on-site, located "past craft vendor row." Directions to the hospital will be posted around the festival.

 - N95 masks are available for concert-goers at the hospital "if needed." According to a Facebook post, these will be provided at no charge.

 - There will be Air Conditioning at the Box Car stage.

 - Country Crossings advises that fans drink plenty of water.

"We are all a go and artists excited to see Southern Oregon fans," said Anne Hankins, President of Country Crossings Music Festival.

For current air quality and heat conditions you can check out our latest forecasts here, or check out our article which is updated frequently with all local air quality conditions from Oregon DEQ here.


For the official parking and walking route guide from Country Crossings, you can view or download the document below:

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