Portsmouth air show traffic turns roads into a 'parking lot'
"A 20-mile-long parking lot," "Red Sox traffic" and "Boston commuter traffic" were among the phrases motorists used to describe their drives in to the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show Saturday.
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#1 Aug 29, 2010
The traffic was bad going in and going out. There was a few problems both ways- NO sign-age to tell you where to go or lack of there. Not enough police offers working the intersections or having young scouts working the intersections that don't even drive yet! It took longer to get in and out then we were actual watching the show. And all the herds of people in the airport area that had no idea where, what or when anything was going on. Over all it was a mess once you hit 95 until you finally got back onto 95. Great air show from the car windows and field but will not ever go again!
#2 Aug 30, 2010
Wasn't even going to the show but had to drive through the area both ways and it was a disaster. The roads simply can't handle that volume of traffic. Furthermore, the show was right at a key point when people are coming back from vacation, taking one last weekend in Maine for vacation, or college students heading up to school. NH knows well that you have to go through to get to and from Portsmouth and Maine. Why not hold the show in late September when the road isn't as heavily used? NH DOT is much better than most, especially Mass but they really made a bad decision here. It might have been a boon to the economy but people had such bad road experiences, they won't do it again.
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