UPDATE: Temporary Road Closures Expected During Presidential Visit

Mentor Police say roads will be open during President Barack Obama's visit, but expect slowed traffic

Editor's note: This story was updated at 11:15 a.m.

Mentor Police say the roads near Mentor High School will be temporarily closed at some point between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, due to President Barack Obama's rally.

"The roads surrounding Mentor High School will be closed for a period of about 10 minutes during the President’s arrival and departure," the police department posted on its Facebook page. "The exact times and roads can not be posted at this time. Please expect traffic delays around the high school area on Saturday until the President departs."

Mentor Police Lt. Ken Zbiegien previously said the city did not plan on closing any roads before or after Obama's appearance, though he cautioned that temporary closures would be possible.

"Officers from our department will be out handling traffic control and security," Zbiegien said. "Other agencies will be utilized, and, of course, the Secret Service."

Doors open at 9 a.m., but the event isn't scheduled to begin until 11:50 a.m., according to the Obama campaign.

Zbiegien offered a simple traffic advisory for Saturday morning.

"We don't know many people are going to show up, but the bottom line is that if they're not going to the event, maybe stay away from that area," he said. "There is potential for slower traffic in that area."

Phyllis Stager November 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Somebody get some photos and post them here on the Patch!
Karen November 02, 2012 at 04:57 PM
No pics PLEEEEZ. See enough of him on TV and then I turn those off too.
Pam Lewis November 02, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Who thought it would be a good idea to have a presidential rally the same time you have students there trying to take the SAT?!!
Denise Fink November 03, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Not surprised Pam. Look at past 4 years. And Phyllis, instead of obtaining photos tomorrow, wouldn't it be more important to obtain answers regarding the Benghazi murders, the lack of adequate protection, and our government's subsequent lies and cover up? We're being told we won't hear anything "until November 15th. ...After the election" ...hmmmm...really? What will they tell us then? What can we believe?
Maureen Allen November 03, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Just wish I would have known enough ahead of time to have a true patriotic welcome for him; the kind he deserves.


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