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Police warn of traffic delays for Obama’s visit Tuesday

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com
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President Barack Obama’s address to the American Legion National Convention on Tuesday is expected to bring midday traffic delays to uptown and near the airport.

Obama is scheduled to arrive in Air Force One at 11:20 a.m. at North Carolina Air National Guard Base, according to the White House press office. He is set to deliver his remarks to the convention at noon at the Charlotte Convention Center.

By 1:10 p.m., his plane is expected to depart, according to the White House press office, which added that his arrival and departure are not open to the public.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Maj. Jeff Estes said residents should be prepared for delays around Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Charlotte Convention Center an hour before and after the times that Obama will be there.

Estes declined to provide information about the specific route the president would take, citing security needs.

But Estes did say there will be as “minimal disruption as possible,” and that police will open up the roads as quickly as they can.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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