President Obama’s visit to cause road closures, bus detours

President Obama’s visit to cause road closures, bus detours

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President Obama will be in Austin Tuesday for two fundraising events. When he arrives at ABIA Tuesday afternoon, Austin City Council member Mike Martinez will be there to greet him.

"Obviously I'm very honored to be asked to do that," said Martinez. The President has visited Austin a number of times and has a lot of support in Central Texas.

"He actually said in one of his previous visits that he loves Austin so much that he'd probably run for mayor of Austin if he wasn't the President," Martinez said.

For now, he'll continue to raise money here. The President's day will began with two fundraisers in San Antonio, before making his way to Austin for a public event with county music singer Jerry Jeff Walker at the Austin Music Hall. General admission tickets are $250 and $1000 for seats with a better view.

"The interest for the event at the music hall has been high. It would not surprise me if it set some fundraising records," said Andy Brown, Chair of the Travis County Democratic Party.

The President will also attend an intimate fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel before heading back to Washington D.C.

Of course, a visit from the President means heightened security and road closures.

"Logistically there are going to be issues. You need to plan for it traffic wise, if you ride Cap Metro you need to make sure your routes have not changed, because some of them will. We're having to change routes because streets will be closed and just be prepared for that," said Martinez.

His trip to Austin will be late in the afternoon and will more than likely affect the evening rush hour traffic. His visit will affect 2nd Street, 3rd Street, Guadalupe, Lavaca and San Antonio.

It will also affect some of Capital Metro's downtown bus routes. Capital Metro says riders should expect delays and even cancellations.

Nine of its bus routs are scheduled to be detoured from 1 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday night. The following routes are currently scheduled for detours:

'B7 'B7#3 Burnet/Manchaca (southbound)

'B7 #110 South Central Flyer (southbound)

'B7 #171 Oak Hill Flyer (northbound & southbound)

'B7 #935 Tech Ridge Express (northbound)

'B7 #970 Lantana Express

'B7 #982 Pavilion Express (northbound & southbound)

'B7 #983 N. U.S. 183 Express (northbound & southbound)

'B7 #985 Leander/Lakeline Direct (northbound)

'B7 #987 Leander/NW Express (northbound)

The major corridors, César Chavez, I 35, Congress and Lamar, are not expected to be affected.

For more detour information click here.

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