The Bossier City Police Department will be taking steps to help minimize traffic congestion around Barksdale Air Force Base for folks attending this year’s air show on April 30 and May 1.
When the gates open at 9 a.m. each day, traffic entering the base will run in its normal configuration, however no vehicles will be allowed to enter the base starting at 2 p.m. When the air show ends on Saturday and Sunday base officials will initiate a contra-flow route at Barksdale’s Shreveport Gate (also known as the West Gate) meaning all four lanes of traffic there will be designated for outbound traffic only. This configuration is expected to take effect at about 3 p.m. on both days and will remain in place until most vehicles have exited the base.
Additional Bossier City police officers will be stationed in front of the Shreveport Gate on Barksdale Boulevard and at other major intersections to help traffic enter and exit the base as quickly and safely as possible.
Motorists traveling on roadways in the vicinity of Barksdale Air Force Base during the air show should expect to experience some traffic delays, especially on Barksdale Boulevard. Police suggest motorists not attending the air show use the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway as an alternative north-south route.