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Lehigh Valley Airshow organizers promise less traffic

Published On: Aug 22 2014 09:02:32 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 22 2014 09:46:30 PM CDT

Lehigh Valley Airshow organizers are hoping to avoid last year's traffic troubles at this weekend's event.

HANOVER TWP., Pa. -

Lehigh Valley Airshow organizers are hoping to avoid last year's traffic troubles at this weekend's event.

While the sky was filled with acrobatics last year, traffic on the ground became the unexpected sideshow.

"One of the issues last year is that we did not anticipate the crowds and we did not time the crowds appropriately," said Charles Everett, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

Everett said they only expected 30,000 visitors last year. That's 10,000 fewer than actually came.

"Very good problem to have," said Everett.

This year, expect a lot of parking changes. Gone are the shuttle buses. Instead, all parking will now be on the airfield -- 11,000 spaces in all with another 2,000 contingency spots.

"We have reconfigured which lots we park first, so to make sure that we bring them in as deep into the airport as possible," said Everett.

One of the big differences this year is the number of gates at the air show. Last year, there was only one way in and out, but this year, Everett said there at least four entry points. Electronic signs will direct visitors on Route 22 to take either Schoenersville Road (for westbound travelers) or Airport Road (for eastbound travelers).

Once drivers get there, Everett said a runway project will free-up more spots.

"Last year, that project was going on, so we were constrained from using a lot of the open space," he said. "This year, that project is in a different phase so we will be able to take advantage of that."

Visitors can now enjoy the view from above without getting snarled in traffic below.