Coachella wraps up; organizers prepare festival grounds for Stagecoach

Today is the third day of the final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. And it appeared the first two days went off without major incidents, according to Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron.

There were 28 arrests Friday night, including eight patrons caught in possession or under the influence of drugs and the remainder arrested for public intoxication, underage drinking or being a minor in possession of alcohol, Guitron continued.

Saturday’s arrest figures would be available later today, he said.

The line-up was the same as last weekend, with headliners including Pharrell Williams, Skrillex, Lorde and OutKast.

Today’s lineup includes: Arcade Fire, Beck, Motorhead and Chance the Rapper.

About 90,000 music lovers flocked to both weekends of the perennially sold-out, annual festival.

The festival was marred last weekend by the death of 24-year-old patron Kimchi Truong, of Oakland, who collapsed at the Empire Polo Club Saturday and died Thursday at Desert Regional Medical Center. The Riverside County Coroner’s

Office said it could take up to six weeks for her autopsy and tests to be completed.

After the pop music lovers go home, the grounds will be transformed into a country-western venue for next weekend’s three-day Stagecoach festival, Guitron said.

“They’ll change the whole area into a western environment,” he said.

Motorists should prepare for road closures and traffic delays through tonight and again next weekend, according to the city of Indio.

Closed are:

— Avenue 49 between Hjorth and Monroe streets;

— Avenue 50 between Madison and Jackson streets;

— Hjorth between avenues 49 and 50; and

— Madison between avenues 49 and 52.

Delays are expected on:

— Southbound Jefferson, Washington and Monroe streets, from Interstate 10 to Avenue 52;

— Highway 111 at Jefferson and Monroe; and

— eastbound I-10 exits at Jefferson and Monroe.

North and southbound travelers should use Washington, Jackson, Calhoun Street and Golf Center Parkway, and east and westbound travelers should use Fred Waring Drive, Miles Avenue and avenues 48 and 52, according to the city.

Taxis will queue at the southwest corner of Avenue 49 and Monroe, and parents can pick up and drop off at Avenue 52 and Madison. About 30,000 people will be shuttled to and from the polo club from around the Coachella Valley to

ease traffic, according to the city.

Pedestrians won’t be allowed on Monroe between avenues 49 and 52; there will be pedestrian access at Avenue 49 and Monroe and Avenue 52 and Madison. Golf carts won’t be permitted on any of those streets.

California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Radford said officers will be “aggressively enforcing all traffic laws to ensure everyone’s safety.”

He said officers will work hard to keep traffic flowing, especially on Monday in light of the traffic jam caused by people leaving the first weekend of the festival.

“Motorists need to be very careful and avoid distractions. Traffic hazards and collisions that would be minor problems on most days in the Coachella Valley will become major issues,” he said.

Information about the festival is available at www.coachella.com. With other questions or problems, call the city at (760) 541-7800 or email concertinfo@indio.org.

The festivals will be a fond memory after Stagecoach pulls out, Guitron said. “Ten days later you’ll never know they were there.” Machines will be used to clean and groom the Empire Polo Club, he said.

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