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Thunder Traffic: What you need to know

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Before you see the air show and the fireworks at Thunder Over Louisville, there is a good chance your going to see brake lights, backups and cars bumper to bumper.   

"Thunder-eve" is a time of the year where traveling on two feet is usually faster than trying to go anywhere on four wheels. 

"We walked around downtown and stay at the hotel," said one person attending the festivities downtown. "We don't ever take car around here."

Here are some of the key points you need to know before you hit the road. 

  • The Second Street bridge shut down on Friday and will stay closed until Sunday afternoon 
  • North of Main Street from 8th to Clay Street, including Clay to Witherspoon, will be blocked off all day on Saturday
  • Officials recommend parking as far away from the waterfront as you're comfortable walking to make it easier when it's time to leave

The biggest traffic tie up may not happen on your way to Thunder. Trying to get home is a different story. 

"They all get down here gradually, but then they all leave at the same time at the end of the night," said Kentucky Derby Festival spokesperson Aimee Boyd, 

So while you prepare for the big show, pack everything you need including a little extra patience for the other drivers tangled in Thunder traffic. 

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