President Barack Obama visits Georgia Tech Tuesday afternoon, and the visit is bound to cause traffic headaches between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Tech campus.
Here are five things to keep in mind if you’re planning on attending the president’s speech – or trying to avoid the rolling roadblocks as the motorcade works its way from the airport to the Midtown area and back:
- Tickets are required for admission to Tech’s McCamish Pavilion, where the president will be speaking on Tuesday afternoon. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and the president’s appearance is slated for early afternoon.
- Ticketed guests should prepare to get wet as they wait in line to pass through security checks and enter the arena. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain, and no umbrellas are allowed inside the building.
- Air Force One is scheduled to land at Hartsfield-Jackson at around 12:15 p.m., so expect traffic delays on I-75/85 northbound during the lunch hour as the presidential motorcade travels to Tech. For up-to-the-minute traffic reports, visit the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center or follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.
- After speaking at Tech, the president will be attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at 4:30 p.m. at downtown’s Hyatt Regency hotel.
- The president is scheduled to leave Atlanta shortly after 6 p.m. so rolling roadblocks could jam the evening commute.
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