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Obama visit unlikely to cause traffic mess

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Fortunately for those traveling on Interstate 95 Monday at rush hour, President Obama has alternative transportation to get him from Stamford to Westport.

The President, in Fairfield County for a pair of fundraisers, is expected to land in Stamford’s Kociuszko Park prior to a 4 p.m. fundraiser at the Stamford Marriott  Hotel & Spa.

Stamford Police Chief Robert Nivakoff told The Advocate’s Kate King that some street closures are likely as the presidential motorcade travels from the South End to the hotel, which is downtown on Tresser Boulevard.

After the fundraiser, the motorcade will head back to Kociuszko Park. Obama will re-board Marine One for a short flight to Sherwood Island State Park in Westport before heading to a $38,500-per-head fundraiser at the home of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Obama’s use of Marine One to get from one fundraiser to another should prevent a full shutdown of I-95, though local roads in both Stamford and Westport will be impacted, and I-95 ramp closures are possible.

For updates on the president’s visit to Fairfield County and its ramifications on traffic, stay with BlogJam; go to the CT Politics blog; and follow the following on Twitter:

* Advocate staff writer Kate King

* Advocate staff writer Maggie Gordon

* Westport News staff writer Paul Schott

* Connecticut Post staff writer Brittany Lyte

* Hearst’s CT Politics account

* The #obamainct hasthag

Categories: Interstate 95
Ben Doody

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2 Responses

  1. QWERTY says:

    I95 South was closed for 15 minutes and a stretch of about 4 miles DURING rush hour.

  2. Lee says:

    “Fortunately for those traveling on Interstate 95 Monday at rush hour, President Obama has alternative transportation to get him from Stamford to Westport.”

    Are you crazy??? I-95 evening rush hour on August 6 was a disaster! They shut it down for the visit. They apparently also shut down the traffic cams online, to ensure maximum inconvenience for people trying to figure out when we’d be home, whether to take back routes, etc. That was really low.

    Driving south on I-95 and passing the motorcade, it didn’t take long to figure it was probably POTUS or VPOTUS. (I just checked online to see who it was that caused this.) Dang it, this behavior does NOT endear us to politicians. Can’t they show enough respect, to avoid visiting during rush hour?