Parking restrictions, road closures for President’s visit


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– President Barack Obama will be making a stop in Connecticut Sunday, urging voters in the state to re-elect Gov. Dan Malloy to a second term.

President Obama will land at Tweed-New Haven Airport around 2:30 p.m. and then travel to Central High School in Bridgeport to speak to a gymnasium full of 1,800 people. This visit comes just days after First Lady Michelle Obama visited New Haven to throw her support behind Gov. Malloy. The President was supposed to come to Connecticut on Oct. 15th, but canceled that trip last minute so he could stay in Washington D.C. to focus on the Ebola concerns.

Republican challenger Tom Foley is also doing what he can to garner support from voters. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will make his 5th visit to Connecticut on Monday, the day before the election, asking voters to make Foley the next Connecticut governor.

As a reminder, Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the state.

Due to President Obama’s visit to the state, Secret Service will be putting parking restriction and road closures in place. Here is a complete list of what you need to know if you plan on being in Bridgeport.

As the U. S. Secret Service takes the lead on establishing parking restrictions before and during a visit by President Obama – which is their established protocol for any presidential event – the following street and parking restrictions will be in place:

On-street parking ban: On Sunday, a mandatory on-street parking ban will be in effect for all vehicles on the following streets: Capitol Avenue (between Lindley Street and Park Avenue); Lincoln Boulevard (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue); and Taft Avenue (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue).

Towing: For streets within the parking ban, vehicles will be towed starting at 8:00AM – 8:00PM on Sunday, November 2.

Driving restrictions and recommendations: All streets within the parking ban area will be closed. And, motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid Main Street and Madison Avenue.

Route recommendations: Traffic will likely be heavy across the city due to street closures. But if you’re driving on Sunday, the best route to travel through in this area is Park Avenue.

Parking for ticket holders: Ticket holders SHOULD NOT park in the lots at Harbor Yard. The location for parking will be announced later today. People with questions should contact 203-576-7671.

Tickets: Nobody will be admitted into the event without a ticket, and even for ticket holders, there will be no parking at Central High School.

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