With approximately eight weeks until the arrival of nearly 150,000 people for the Tomorrowworld music festival, final preparations to welcome the large international crowd to Chattahoochee Hills are beginning to take place.
Construction on the various stages, including the much anticipated volcano main stage (pictured right), is expected to begin 1 September at the Bouckaert family farms.
It will take about three weeks for crews to turn 500 acres of farmland into a sprawling concert venue and campground.
Organizers say the first of several thousand visitors will begin arriving Thursday, 26 September. Cars and shuttle buses will ferry festival-goers to Tomorrowworld, bringing extra traffic to rural city of Chattahoochee Hills. And some area residents raised concerns about how an ongoing road project might cause congestion as people come and go from the venue during the event.
But, the Georgia Department of Transportation says the Cedar Grove Road construction won't create any snarls.
"We have already provided for the lane closure to be pulled during that week," state DOT spokesperson Natalie Dale told Georgia Unfiltered in an email exchange.
According to public records, the DOT is making improvements to the intersection of State Road 154 (Cascade-Palmetto Hwy) with Cedar Grove Road and Ridge Road by replacing the current intersection with a roundabout. As a result of the estimated $3.6 million project (pictured below), portions of Cedar Grove Road and Cascade-Palmetto Highway are currently closed. A detour, re-routing traffic around the construction, is in place.
Dale said the Georgia DOT is happy to work with event officials to make sure there is as easy of an entrance and exit as possible, given the constraints of the project. But, she said, "It doesn't appear [Cedar Grove Road] is the preferred entrance point."
Through an open records request, Georgia Unfiltered obtained copies of the Tomorrowworld traffic and mobility plan from 2013. A review of the plan indicates organizers are routing traffic primarily along South Fulton Parkway, Hwy. 70, and Hwy. 92. Visitors arriving by car and shuttle bus will be brought to the festival utilizing two entrances that aren't near the Cedar Grove Road construction, according to the plan.
Tomorrowworld is scheduled for 26 September through 28 September. Visit Tomorrowworld.com for more details.