Wire Walk Preparations in Full Swing

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 8:34 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 8:34 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) With only a couple days to go, crews in Niagara Falls are busy setting up for Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across the face of the Horseshoe Falls.

Tuesday evening, workers from O'Connell Electric Company in Rochester, and Clark Rigging and Rental from Lockport, had finished preparing steel cables which will be taken across the Niagara Gorge.

A helicopter from Haverfield Aviation in Harrisburg, PA is scheduled to help carry a smaller and lighter cord from Goat Island, NY to Table Rock, Canada.

Once safely flown over the border, rigging crews will use the cord to help pull 1800-feet of two-inch steel cable from the American side over to Canada.

The rigging operation is not the only work being done. ABC television crews are also busy setting up multiple cameras for the live broadcast which will begin at 8pm EST on Friday June 15th.

In downtown Niagara Falls, city workers have begun setup for a special "Side Show" which will feature day-long entertainment, circus acts, and jumbo screens along Old Falls Street USA.

"There might be some people who might not be able to actually get to the vantage point to see Nik Wallenda walk himself. This is the next best thing. It is going to be a party on Old Falls Street and we are happy to host it," says marketing manager Susan Swiatkowski.

Traffic officials are encouraging people to arrive early in the day to find parking and avoid congested streets.

To help out, the City of Niagara Falls, NY is suspending the two hour parking limit along city streets.

"We want people to come early and park their cars wherever they can find a legal spot," adds Capt. Salvatore Pino from the Niagara Falls Police.

Overflow parking will be available at the Power Vista with shuttle service to downtown Niagara Falls for $5 per person.

The Whirlpool Bridge will be open until 2am to give NEXUS travelers more time to cross the border.

Real-time traffic information is available by going to www.511NY.org or by calling 5-1-1 from any phone within New York State.