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Presidential visit to impact Greater Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- President Barack Obama's visit to the city is expected to impact traffic throughout the area on Friday afternoon and evening.

The President is scheduled to land at the Portland Jetport around four in the afternoon and his motorcade will then travel to Southern Maine Community College in South Portland where he will deliver remarks to a crowd of nearly two thousand.

From there, President Obama will make his way across the Fore River to attend a private fund raiser at the Portland Museum of Art.  That event is scheduled to begin around six o'clock and will have major impacts on traffic flow on the peninsula.

The Secret Service tells NEWS CENTER that several streets near the museum will be closed beginning just before six until the President departs around nine.

Signs have already gone up throughout the neighborhood warning residents and business owners that parking will not be allowed near the museum.  The Secret Service also plans to close High Street from York to Congress Street.  All of Free Street will be shut down, as will a section of Spring from Middle Street to High Street.  Trucks will not be allowed from traveling Congress Street between Forest Avenue and State Street.

Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says several agencies are working together to provide security and try to keep the impact on residents and guests to the city at a minimum.

"It is a tough time for people, but generally at that time of night on a Friday, a lot of the business folks are out of the city or attempting to leave the city, and the other folks are coming in to enjoy the nightlife and restaurants," said Chief Sauschuck.  "So if you just want to stay out of that basic area, you shouldn't have any problems."

Police also warn motorists that there will be temporary road closures throughout the two cities as the President's motorcade makes its way to and from the jetport.



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