Obama visit unlikely to cause traffic mess

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.

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Ben Doody