Heads up: President Trump’s Friday visit to Charlotte could impact rush hour traffic

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The president was in town to sign an executive order expanding 401 (k) plans to to raise funds for candidates.
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The president was in town to sign an executive order expanding 401 (k) plans to to raise funds for candidates.

President Donald Trump is set to visit Charlotte Friday evening to campaign for Republican Mark Harris, who’s in a tight race against Democrat Dan McCready for North Carolina’s 9th District congressional seat.

The rally will be held at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Independence Boulevard. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the program is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The presidential visit could impact rush hour traffic headed into the weekend. Air Force One typically lands shortly before the president’s rallies begin, with the president then proceeding via motorcade along blocked-off streets to his destination. Traffic delays along major roads Friday evening are likely.

Charlotte officials warned in a news release that drivers traveling between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Bojangles’ Coliseum on Friday “should prepare for traffic and delays related to President Donald Trump’s visit to Charlotte.”

“Some roads will be closed completely for short periods of time during the afternoon commute and again in the evening,” the release said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Transportation will operate on a normal schedule Friday. Parents can check “Here Comes the Bus” and CMS social media for updates, the city release says.

The president’s last visit to North Carolina was also on a Friday. Police blocked off busy thoroughfares for miles, including Billy Graham Parkway and Interstate 77, for Trump’s motorcade.

The race for North Carolina’s 9th District is likely to be one of the closest in the nation, as Democrats try to win a seat that’s been held by Republicans since 1963. The outcome of the race could help determine control of the U.S. House. Democrats need to gain a net of 23 seats to take control.

Republican Mark Harris, left, and Democrat Dan McCready are vying for the N.C. 9th District congressional seat. Observer archives rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Mark Harris and Dan McCready debated on WBTV to have a seat in the 9th District which stretches from southeast Charlotte to Fayettevile.

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