Traffic And Parking Rules For Music Fest

An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people will be on hand each day of the Country Life Music Festival at Ravina on the Lakes.

The "doors" open each day of the event at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The hard part will be getting everyone out after the final performance around 11:00 each night. An "After Hours" party will be held for VIP ticket holders until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

"There are going to be people walking, people dropping people off and picking people up," Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says. "Pay attention to police directions, drive slow and be safe."

Mike McCoy says there will be extra manpower not only outside, but inside the venue.

"It going to be friendly, it's going to be under control, it's going to be secure," McCoy says. "Everybody's going to be safe."

The promoter is paying for law enforcement's overtime.

Ravina on the Lakes is in an unincorporated part of Peoria County, while a number of area subdivisions and houses are in the City of Peoria.

Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says nearly 600 letters have been sent to area homeowners concerned about the anticipated crowds and noise.

Urich says no one will be allowed to park on nearby residential streets without a permit.

"There will be additional police presence and they'll be out writing tickets," says Urich.

Urich says both the City and County worked together to develop a comprehensive plan to address neighbor's concerns.

The following parking and traffic guidelines will be in place during the festival.

Parking permits will be required to park on residential streets.
Parking will be limited to one side of the street.
Signs will be posted at subdivision entrances stating that a permit is required to park and that violators will be towed.
Residents will be provided free parking permits; contact your neighborhood association or Peoria Public Works, 3505 N. Dries Lane, to get permits.

Message boards and speed trailers are placed on Orange Prairie and Charter Oak Roads advising drivers to slow down and be aware of pedestrian traffic.
At 11:00 p.m. each night, traffic congestion should be expected as event-goers exit Ravina causing possible lane reductions on Orange Prairie and Charter Oak Roads for pedestrian crossings. And, possible short delays and closures on Charter Oak Road, depending on vehicle and pedestrian traffic volumes.

Around 11:00 p.m. each night of the festival vehicle access to Ravina on the Lakes will not be granted while concert traffic is exiting the venue.

Orange Prairie Road will be open at its intersection with, and north of, Timberedge Drive.

Drivers intending to drop off and pick up concert-goers at Ravina on the Lakes this weekend are encouraged to find an alternate location at least for pick up, due to this traffic control measure. Free shuttle service to and from Ravina will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. each day at the Country Inn & Suites and Wingate Hotel, both located near the Shoppes at Grand Prairie.

Identifying an alternate pick up location is necessary if arrangements are made to pick up concert-goers immediately following the last musical performance of the night, expected to be around 11:00 p.m., because Charter Oak Road will only remain open to through traffic until conclusion of the final performance, when exiting traffic volume is expected to increase significantly.


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