I recently read an article about complaints from concert goers of Country Thunder about the long lines from the campgrounds into the concert areas. It appeared that the response was basically that if you don't like it, don't go, because there will be others that will come and take your place. This attitude makes me want to bring up a couple points.
This event has increased in size over the years to the point that traffic is now a complete disaster. The residents of Florence Gardens, Caliente and Vista Del Sol, and thousands of prison and Pinal County employees suffer a week of hardship due to the lack of traffic infrastructure to handle the number of vehicles. Price Road is a two-lane dirt road that ends up being a bumper-to-bumper backup. Highway 79 is also bumper-to-bumper traffic and Hunt Highway is also bumper-to-bumper with no traffic control. Signs are posted to expect delays for the special event — basically saying that this mess is unavoidable and tough luck to everyone trying to get through.
On another note, Friday night, the music was so loud in Florence Gardens that it was rattling the windows of my house until after 1 a.m. This should be against the law.
It seems to me that Florence town officials and the state should either make public improvements of the transportation infrastructure or reduce the number of people attending the event, as it has become too large to sustain. The promoters of this event should be required to pay for this mess. I spoke with several businesses in town and they said that the traffic mess means that less people get into town as a result.
Don't get me wrong, I think Country Thunder is a great event, but come on, it's a giant headache now and needs fixing.