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Obama visit will delay traffic, close ImaginOn on Wednesday

President Barack Obama visited Mooresville in June 2013 to unveil a plan to connect nearly every U.S. classroom to high-speed Internet. 8th grader Sam Montgomery gets a laugh out of President Obama during a tour of the school. The president spoke to a gymnasium packed with 500 to 600 7th and 8th grade Mooresville Middle School students.
President Barack Obama visited Mooresville in June 2013 to unveil a plan to connect nearly every U.S. classroom to high-speed Internet. 8th grader Sam Montgomery gets a laugh out of President Obama during a tour of the school. The president spoke to a gymnasium packed with 500 to 600 7th and 8th grade Mooresville Middle School students. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Commuters and uptown residents should expect delays in the center city and at Charlotte Douglas International Airport when President Barack Obama visits the Queen City on Wednesday, police said.

Obama is scheduled to arrive in Charlotte at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday and leave after 4 p.m.

The president is scheduled to meet with online communities “BlogHer” and “SheKnows” regarding issues among working families. The town hall meeting, which is closed to the public, takes place at ImaginOn, a library and children’s theater at Seventh and Brevard streets.

As with previous visits by the president, Obama’s exact route to and from the airport won’t be announced, for security reasons.

Patrons will be directed to alternate locations within the building for story times and other programming. Access to the Teen Loft and other unreserved spaces will still be available for regular services. All Children’s Theatre events will proceed as normal.

ImaginOn will be closed to the public all day Wednesday.

All events and classes in the building for both the library and Children’s Theatre will be suspended that day. After the event, Children’s Theatre OnStage rehearsals and other Children’s Theatre evening activities will proceed. The library will remain closed.

Both the library and Children’s Theatre will resume normal hours on Thursday.

Charlotte Area Transit System will interrupt Lynx service from 12:30 p.m. until about 4:30 p.m. Train service will operate every 10 minutes between the I-485 Station and Carson Station.

Customers can make a connection from Carson Station to the Charlotte Transportation Center via the Lynx Connector bus. The bus will load and unload passengers at Bay V located on the Brevard Street side of the CTC.

Other Lynx stations in uptown, including Seventh Street Station, won’t be served by the Lynx Connector.

Each affected station will have signage directing riders to the nearest bus stop.

Look for the bus stop that says “LYNX Connector.” When the bus approaches, the headway sign will say “LYNX Connector.” It will operate every 10 minutes from Carson Station and the CTC. Ambassadors will also be at stations to assist riders with directions.

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