What you need to know about traffic procedures on Saturday

A lot of traffic issues are expected in and around Liberty University on Saturday (Photo: WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- It's going to take a little longer to get where you're going on Saturday if you are expected to be anywhere near Liberty University.

Thousands of people, like more than 40,000, will be traveling to and around Liberty on Saturday.

VDOT said you can expect U.S. 460 and 29 to be backed up starting at 8 a.m. until the afternoon.

Traffic was already building just one day ahead of the big commencement day when President Donald Trump will arrive to speak.

There are a few alternate routes you can take to avoid the expected gridlock.

VDOT said to use Highway 501, 24, and Lawyers Road.

"People need to leave early, get to their place where they need to be, but drive carefully and pay attention to the signs and the traffic control that will be in place," said Paula Jones with VDOT.

Jones said hundreds could stay in the area, heading to restaurants and other businesses afterward.

So you could still see some lingering traffic hours after commencement.

For more details on road conditions, you can call 511 or go online to

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The area around Lynchburg Regional Airport will also be full of activity on Saturday, Director Mark Courtney said he encourages travelers to arrive earlier than normal for their flights due to traffic in the area.

While it's unlikely there will be a designated spot for the public to watch Air Force 1 to arrive, Courtney said those inside the terminal will get a great view.

There will be a temporary flight restriction starting at 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

There is also a no fly zone for 10 miles around the airport as well.

Airport officials said parking on Terminal Drive is always prohibited, but Preston Glenn Drive and Airport Road will be closed to traffic and pedestrians from around 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Additionally, the Airport Road exit off Route 460 will be closed.

Anyone wishing to access the passenger terminal must use the airport’s main entrance off of Route 29 South.

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