HARD Summer

Music fans show their enthusiasm inside one of the tents at HARD Summer in Fontana in 2016.  The 2019 festival will be held Aug. 3 and 4.  (Contributed photo by Mike Myers)

An increase in traffic will be a concern when the HARD Summer Music Festival returns to Fontana during the weekend of Aug. 3 and 4.

A huge crowd is expected for the event, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. both days at Auto Club Speedway.  The speedway can be accessed off the Interstate 10 Freeway at Cherry Avenue.

Campers and concert goers will begin arriving on Friday, Aug. 2.

I-10 is one of the main detours around the 60 Swarm project in nearby Riverside County, which will also be taking place during the Aug. 3 and 4 weekend, according to Caltrans officials. The 60 Swarm will shut down the eastbound State Route 60 between Interstate 15 and Interstate 215.

Caltrans is advising motorists to take State Route 210 instead of I-10 in order to avoid lengthy delays during the 60 Swarm closures.

Traffic is expected to be heavy on Fontana's roads (especially Cherry) near the speedway during peak hours of the festival, and motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible.  The most congestion will occur between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. both days, according to the Fontana Police Department.

----- IN ADDITION to the traffic, authorities are concerned about the hot weather which will affect festival goers.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 100s during the weekend. The speedway is providing cooling areas so that attendees can escape the effects of the heat, especially during the afternoons.

There will be a heavy police presence at the festival. There were no major incidents of violence reported at previous HARD Summer events, but three people died of drug overdoses after attending the festival in 2016, and one person died after the event in 2018.

More than 155,000 people attended the two-day festival last year.

Some of the top names in electronic dance music and hip-hop will be at the event, which is being hosted by the speedway for the third time.

The festival will be headlined by singer/rapper Kid Cudi on Aug. 3 and dance music group Major Lazer on Aug. 4.

For more information, visit www.hardsummer.com.

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