Kentucky State Fair announces traffic, parking changes

State Fair announces key changes to traffic, parking

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The State Fair is just days away, but paired with the Kentucky custom is a tradition of traffic.

Those at Frank's, a butcher shop and food market on Preston Highway, know it well.

“When there’s a really great show on Saturday nights, there’s so many cars out there going to the fair that day that traffic can’t move anyway,” owner Frank Tooley said.

Police said traffic changes are meant to keep cars flowing in and out of the venue, and prevent potentially dangerous situations.

“Backups on the expressway ramps, to where vehicles were stopped in the travel lanes of the interstate,” Ron Fey, an LMPD traffic officer, said.

On Fridays starting at 4 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday, drivers can only access Gate 1 from highway ramps. Preston Highway to Gate 1 will be closed; and Gate 1 to Crittenden Drive will only be accessible to local traffic.

“I think it’ll be OK,” Tooley said. “I don’t think it’ll bother anybody. It might make traffic flow a lot better.”

Police suggest using gates 2, 4, and 6 to enter the Fairgrounds since they’re usually less congested.

If you have purchased your tickets and parking pass early you will be allowed to use the express lanes.

“We will have express lanes available at gates 1, 4, and 6,” Kentucky Venues Assistant Director of Communication Ian Cox said. “Express lanes were introduced 2 years ago to help patrons that have pre-purchased their admission and parking access the fair more quickly."

The State Fair starts Thursday and runs through Aug. 25.

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