Air Expo parking plan improves traffic flow

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Security Forces officials at Joint Base Charleston have developed a new traffic plan for the Air Expo on Saturday in cooperation with the North Charleston Police, Charleston County Aviation Authority Police and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

The key thing to remember is to follow the informational signs and the directions of law enforcement personnel. After careful planning, routes to Joint Base Charleston have been developed from every direction. While drivers familiar with the area might be tempted to explore a shortcut, they will only end up waiting for other drivers, who are using the approved routes, to get in front of them.

The air base gates open to the public at 8 a.m. and the opening ceremony is at 10. Please note that the gates close to incoming traffic at 2 p.m. to allow preparations for the outflow of vehicles when the show is over.

The directions are:

From Mt Pleasant, Daniel Island, West Ashley

- Exit 526 at Dorchester Road and proceed to Hill Blvd Gate

From Downtown Charleston

- Take I-26 West and Exit 211 at Remount Road, turn left at stoplight and right on


From I-26 East

- Exit 209 at Ashley Phosphate Road. Turn right at stop light and left at Stahl

Road (2nd light at Hess station). Make a right onto Midland Park Road and

proceed to Aviation

Motorists are encouraged not to use Aviation Road from Rivers due to construction.

Traffic lights and intersections of Dorchester Road from Montague to Ashley Phosphate Road will be manned by North Charleston police officers and Charleston Country Sheriffs to ensure a smooth traffic flow.

Portions of South Aviation Road, Aviation Avenue, Ward Avenue and Jet Park Drive will be closed during the Thunderbirds practice sessions and performance every afternoon from Wednesday to Saturday. Times will vary each day.

Charleston Air Force Base officials request motorists carpool while refraining from bringing oversized vehicles such as RVs or buses on base. Seatbelt use is required at all times and cell phone use is prohibited on Charleston Air Force Base unless accompanied by a hands free device.

Entrance and parking at the Air Expo are free.

More information is available at, on Twitter @airexpo2011 and on Facebook by searching Air Expo 2011.

Information provided by Charleston Air Expo