City and County warn of traffic changes related to music festival

Jul 17, 2014

The city of Peoria and Peoria County officials are working together to ensure the public’s safety at a large music festival this weekend.

Up to 10,000 people are expected each day at the Country Life Music Festival taking place at Ravina on the Lakes Friday through Sunday.

Neighborhoods surrounding the event off Charter Oak Road have been notified of the event. Message boards are also placed along the road for motorists.

Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the heaviest traffic is expected at around 11 o'clock each night following the last performances. That means law enforcement will restrict vehicle access to Ravina while traffic is exiting the site.

“So if there are parents that are dropping their kids off here at the event, they’re going to have to make other arrangements to get their children out. Ultimately, Charter Oak will not be open to any inbound traffic from either direction until that traffic does clear out. Access to Charter Oak School at Timberedge will be open.”

Urich says there could also be lane reductions on Orange Prairie and Charter Oak Roads for pedestrian crossings. Free shuttle service will be offered from Ravina to the Country Inn and Suites and Wingate hotels near the Shoppes at Grand Prairie.

Parking permits will also be required to park on residential streets in surrounding neighborhoods.