FAIRBANKS — This Saturday thousands of service members will take to the streets to participate in the Salute to Our Military Parade from Fort Wainwright to Pioneer Park and thousands more will line the streets to watch the parade.
If you’re hoping to take part in the day’s festivities, getting there could be a headache: Here’s a quick rundown of traffic delays, road closures and parking tips from the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the event.
The parade is expected to include more than 5,000 service members — local soldiers, airmen, veterans and wounded warriors — and will start at 10 a.m. and run to about noon. The 3.5-mile route will begin at the Fort Wainwright main gate, cross over the Steese Expressway and onto Airport Way, right turn onto Noble Street, left onto Second Avenue, right onto Barnette Street, left onto First Avenue and will end at the Moore Street entrance of Pioneer Park.
Road Closures: There will be flaggers, lane restrictions and delays at the intersection of Airport Way and Steese Expressway and Richardson Highway from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Travelers are encouraged to avoid the intersection during that time and to seek alternative routes.
Northbound Richardson Highway traffic: Drivers should take Mitchell Expressway as an alternative route to avoid congestion and significant delays. Travelers will not be permitted to turn left onto Airport Way while the parade is on Airport Way.
Southbound Steese Expressway traffic: Drivers should take the Johansen Expressway or College Road as alternative routes to avoid congestion and significant delays. Travelers will not be permitted to turn right onto Airport Way while the parade is on Airport Way.
Eastbound traffic: From Airport Way, travelers will be permitted to turn right onto the Richardson Highway. Left turning traffic onto the Steese Expressway will be permitted at various intervals while the parade is crossing the Steese onto Airport Way.
Fort Wainwright main gate: The main gate be closed to all traffic at 5 a.m. for parade staging. Trainor Gate and Badger Gate will be open for inbound and outbound traffic. The main gate will reopen after the parade.
Downtown Fairbanks: Cross streets along the parade route will close about 9 a.m. to make room for spectators.
Shuttle Service: Courtesy shuttles will provide transportation from the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds and from Lathrop High School to Pioneer Park from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Additional shuttles will provide transportation for veterans participating in the parade from Lathrop High School to Fort Wainwright from 7:30 a.m. until 8:45 a.m.
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