Motorists, Be On The Lookout For Road Closures For Obama Westchester Visit

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – The usual Labor Day Weekend getaway traffic is bad enough, but add a presidential arrival at Westchester County Airport on Friday afternoon and it could be a laborious kickoff to the holiday weekend.  

Fairfield County drivers who are headed toward Westchester should be on alert. President Barack Obama’s visit will cause temporary road and highway closures as he passes through the streets of southern Westchester on his way to fundraisers in Purchase and New Rochelle.

The New York State Thruway Authority and Department of Transportation, with approval from the U.S. Secret Service, has released the times certain sections of area highways will be closed to help travelers avoid traffic during Obama’s visit.

Between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, there will be intermittent road closures on:

  • I-684 between Purchase and Armonk
  • I-287 between White Plains and Port Chester
  • I-95 between Pelham and the Connecticut State Line 

Between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday there will be road closures on: 

  • I-684 between Purchase and Armonk
  • I-287/I-87 between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Port Chester

Several local streets will also be closed temporarily Friday as Obama passes through Westchester County. He is due to arrive at Westchester County Airport at about 2 p.m. Friday. He will then attend two private fundraisers: in Purchase at Wall Street financier Robert Wolf's home and in New Rochelle for a smaller fundraiser and round-table event.

Obama will then jet off from Westchester County Airport to Rhode Island for a third fundraiser sometime near 6 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a no-fly order for flights over parts of Westchester on Friday and Saturday.

The City of New Rochelle has issued a traffic advisory for East End business owners and residents. More info on the advisory is available here.

Obama will return to Westchester for a Saturday wedding in Mount Pleasant, according to Politico. 

Motorists can sign up for TRANSAlert emails regarding thruway traffic conditions.

To see an interactive map, including Google traffic conditions for the Thruway and other roadways in New York State and beyond, go to the State Thruway website.

Check back with the Daily Voice for updates. 

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