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2011 Air Expo - traffic

By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi | Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs | April 05, 2011

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Joint Base Charleston and local law enforcement agencies are preparing for the continual flow of traffic during the 2011 Air Expo featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and the Rivers gate will service incoming traffic only. There will be two lanes leading onto the base through the Dorchester gate and another lane open to exit all day.

At 2 p.m. all lanes will be reversed one way to service outbound traffic at the Rivers gate. At 2:30 p.m. all lanes will be reversed one way for outbound traffic at the Dorchester gate.
During the Thunderbirds performance, the Rivers gate will be closed and traffic will not be allowed on or off base.

"We are expecting approximately 20,000 vehicles on base during the air show," said Senior Master Sgt. Brain Davis, 2011 Air Expo ground boss. "We want to ensure the public that traffic will flow smoothly on Dorchester road and Rivers avenue. Please follow parking staff and posted signs for event parking."

"We have created plenty of parking for all vehicles and have created a backup plan, in case of an overflow," he said.

When the gates begin to service outbound traffic only, no one will be allowed to enter.

"Please plan accordingly and ensure your vehicle has plenty of gas," Sergeant Davis said. "However there will be a tow truck just in case of a disabled vehicle."

"There is going to be a big crowd on Saturday and the traffic is going to affect everybody," he said. "We are looking at the traffic charts of the last air show in 2008 and are making improvements. This year traffic will run smoothly and we shouldn't have any problems."

If coming to the base in through the Dorchester gate on Saturday, only the left lane will be available for Commissary, Shoppette or Base Exchange patrons.

Motorcyclists are recommended to wear proper riding gear and must abide by South Carolina state law.

"Remember cell phone use must be hands free while operating a vehicle," Sergeant Davis said. "We are planning on a fun, safe and smooth air show. Bring your family and have a great time."

Gate / road closers
Wednesday, April 6 - 1-1:30 p.m.
(end time approximate for Thunderbird arrival) - Rivers gate closed. Aviation Avenue closed. South Aviation Road closed from Remount to Rivers Gate.

Thursday, April 7, 2-3 p.m. - Rivers gate closed. Aviation Avenue closed from I-26 to South Aviation Road. South Aviation Road closed from Remount to Rivers Gate.

Friday, April 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Rivers gate closed. Aviation Avenue closed from I-26 to South Aviation Road. South Aviation Road closed from Remount to Rivers Gate.

Saturday, April 9, 3:30-4:15 p.m. - Rivers gate closed. Aviation Avenue closed from I-26 to South Aviation Road. South Aviation Road closed from Boeing to Rivers Gate.

Gate Hours
Gates open to the public at 8 a.m.
Incoming traffic ends at 2 p.m. - This is a firm closing of the Rivers gate and affiliated roads to allow the air demonstrations to proceed. The Dorchester Road closing is also firm. This allows base and city officials to prepare on and off base for the outgoing traffic after the show is over.


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