Thursday, August 30, 2012

TOP STORY>>Preparing for traffic on air show weekend

By Staff Sgt. Jacob Barreiro
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The biannual Little Rock Air Force Base Air Show and Open House on Sept. 8-9 brings a lot of excitement to the base. During this weekend, the omni-present operations on the base flight line will increase significantly, with 200,000 plus expected attendees swarming the runways and other areas on base. Such a large number of people will cause untypical traffic issues for people planning to travel to, or from, base during air show weekend. As such, there are planned gate closures and recommended travel routes for those traveling on or off base.

For the weekend of the Air Show, the Harris Gate will not be open for general base or public traffic.

Furthermore, entering or exiting the base between 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. is not recommended due to the heavy volume of expected traffic. For travel that’s unavoidable, it’s best to make plans in advance and compensate for expected delays.

Normal parking areas on base will be severely limited and monitored by security personnel. It’s recommended to use the base shuttles for transportation to the flight line.

Shuttles will pick up at the small base lake, old Base Exchange, Base Clinic and the Golf Course and will drop off at Building 250. Shuttles will begin operating at 7:30 a.m. and run until there are zero passengers remaining.

There will be checkpoints set up on base to check attendees for prohibited items.

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