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Road and water closures surrounding Airfest

Airfest inbound routes from I-90
Airfest inbound routes from Bainbridge St.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Boaters and drivers should expect to see restricted access to the streets, roads, and water around the La Crosse Regional Airport due to Airfest.

Heavy traffic is expected during the weekend as thousands of people come to the airport for the performances.

The Town of Campbell Police Department said in a Facebook post on their page that Fisherman's Road is closed starting Thursday until Monday morning.

Other streets and roads are posted as no parking. They include:

  • 2nd Ave. E
  • 1st Ave. E
  • Bainbridge St.
  • 1st Ave. W
  • Dawson Ave.
  • Lakeshore Dr.

Police said violators can get ticketed and possibly towed.

The no parking areas, they said, are to ensure room for any emergency vehicles in the area around the airport.

In another Facebook post late Thursday morning, Campbell Police outlined the traffic flow for getting in and out of Airfest. It said drivers will get directed to one of two entrance gates.

From the post:

"Bainbridge Street will be closed to thru traffic between Goddard & the Dawson overpass from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. If you are not headed to Airfest, let the Officers at the intersection of Bainbridge & Goddard know and they will allow you to pass north on Bainbridge. ALL AIRFEST TRAFFIC COMING FROM CLINTON STREET WILL BE ROUTED DOWN LAKESHORE DRIVE.
If you're using I-90, exit 2, depending on the direction you exit, you will be routed either north on Dawson/Fanta Reed/Airport Rd, or south on Dawson to Olivet Ct/Bainbridge/Sky Harbour/Lakeshore."

Police ask for patience from drivers because of the volume of traffic.

Meanwhile, Airfest organizers said there are waterway closures planned from approximately noon to 5 p.m. from Friday through Sunday during airshow performances.

The water north of the Onalaska spillway and east of Nelson Park is closed during that time.

Organizers said that the Black River south of the Onalaska spillway and the Mississippi River won't be affected.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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