MARTINSBURG – With the West Virginia Air National Guard hosting the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show here this weekend, officials warn that traffic will be affected both Saturday and Sunday.
Highway officials say drivers not headed to the air show should use the alternate travel route of Interstate 81 to bypass the base during the event days.
U.S. 11 from Novak Drive to Paynes Ford Road will remain open for this year’s event. Law enforcement may stop travelers periodically to allow pedestrian traffic to cross U.S. 11.
Parking will be prohibited on the following streets beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday until 8 p.m.: U.S. 11 from Novak Drive to Paynes Ford Road; Business Park Drive from Novak Drive to I-81 Bridge; Stewart Avenue from Wren Street to Winchester Avenue; Kelly Island Road from Paynes Ford Road to base entrance; Paynes Ford Road from U.S. 11 to Airport Road; Airport Road from Paynes Ford Road to Novak Drive; and Novak Drive from U.S. 11 to Airport Road.
No parking will be allowed in the Orgill business lot on Business Park Drive, the Polo Ralph Lauren lot on Novak Drive or in the Park and Ride lot located near the I-81 bridge.
After the air show, spectators have the option of heading toward I-81, U.S. 11 South and Novak Drive toward W.Va. 9.
Business Park Drive will turn into two lanes heading toward I-81. Parking on base is limited to VIPs, vendors, volunteers and performers only.
Handicapped parking is available at the Sino Parking Lot located on Novak Drive. There will be a bus shuttle service that will drop off spectators near the flight line on the base.