This Saturday the SkyFest Airshow and Open House at Fairchild Air Force Base. This event is hugely popular and generates a lot of traffic.  Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol will be coordinating traffic movement and attendees are encouraged to use Spokane Transit Skyfest Service or carpool. Motorists should be prepared with plenty of fuel, allow extra travel time, and expect heavy traffic on US 2 from Interstate 90 to FAFB throughout the weekend.

Starting Friday, June 21, WSDOT will post “no parking” signs along US 2 from the Fairchild Air Force Base main gate east to Rambo Road. WSP troopers will be monitoring traffic in the area of FAFB to ensure these signs are adhered to for everyone’s safety. On Saturday morning, WSDOT signal technicians will be coordinating traffic signals on US 2 in the city of Airway Heights to minimize congestion related to traffic traveling to FAFB. WSP troopers will be coordinating traffic into FAFB utilizing three gates. General public can use the Main Gate and Rambo Road gates to enter the base.

After the show is over on Saturday, WSP and WSDOT will coordinate traffic departing the base from the Main Gate, Rambo Gate, and McFarland Gate.. Motorists using the Main and Rambo gates will only be allowed to head east into Airway Heights. Motorists using the McFarland gate will only be allowed to go left to head back to Medical Lake or straight west; right turns to head north on McFarland will be prohibited to alleviate traffic congestion. WSDOT signal technicians will coordinate traffic signals on US 2 to help keep traffic moving.

Before heading out the door, travelers can find highway conditions on the WSDOT Travel Alerts page, mobile app and on Twitter at @WSDOT_East. For highway updates, follow WSP Trooper Jeff Sevigney on Twitter at @wspd4pio.