Drones monitoring fair traffic to ease parking delays

It's the first time the technology has been used to monitor fair lots

GEDDES (WSYR-TV) - Parking and traffic have been hot topics at the New York State Fair since the Lakeview Amphitheater was added to the mix.

This year, workers at the New York State Department of Transportation think drones might help.

The technology will be flying high over parking lots during the fair for the first time this weekend.

Working in conjunction with state troopers, the DOT is aiming to use the drones to look for empty parking spaces, so cars can be shuffled around to fill them.

"It'll really helps in small numbers after we fill most of the lot, getting cars off the road. You know 150 cars is a long line of traffic that we can get off the road all at once," said Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner.

For approaching out-of-town traffic, the New York State Thruway Authority will also broadcast updates on their message sign network.

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