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Obama's arrival causes minor delays on Triangle roadways

Posted January 14
Updated January 15

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— The arrival of President Barack Obama in the Triangle Wednesday morning quickly began impacting traffic on local roads and highways.

Rolling barricades began popping up at about 11:20 a.m., shortly after Air Force One touched down at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The exact details of Obama's travel while he is in North Carolina haven't been released, but motorists can expect delays in both Durham and Raleigh as he visits Vacon and North Carolina State University.

After leaving RDU, Obama's motorcade traveled down Interstate 40 to N.C. Highway 147 as he headed toward Vacon's T.W. Alexander Drive location. No major delays were reported.

Obama's speech at N.C. State took place at the school’s J.W. Isenhour Tennis Complex.

There were 500 tickets given away to students on Monday. When Obama last visited N.C. State in 2011, he spoke before more than 9,000 people inside Reynolds Coliseum.

Rolling barricades returned as the president made his way back to RDU after the speech. Again, no major delays were reported.

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  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 15, 4:15 p.m.

    I watched the motorcade and it was one thrilling event!

  • Mungo Jan 15, 3:09 p.m.

    I love it. The President of the US visits our great state and the headline is "Obama's arrival causes delays on Triangle roadways". Sorry Mr. President, you've inconvenienced our lunch time trot to the mall.

    Isn't it sad when the Office of the President doesn't even receive the headlines it should? Instead, the Office of the President has become a joke.

    Even more sad, people laugh, people joke, people even get mad, but yet people keep electing these guys into office.

    I'll never understand it.

  • livinggood2 Jan 15, 2:12 p.m.

    Why has Wral found that it is not going to cover the Protest? I heard at least 2 sec of broadcast about them. I guess the Rev Barber and the NAACP didn`t show up and all other Protest must be silenced.

  • Vietnam Vet Jan 15, 1:43 p.m.

    What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.

    — Posted by mm23

    LOL, colossal waste to protect the leader of our country as he engages with the people and other... View More

    — Posted by Mon Account

    The only reason that JFK is dead is because he refused to ride in a closed/armored vehicle, which at the time was available to him. I agree that these "social appearances" are a horendous waste of taxpayer money but don't mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of wasting taxpayer money.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jan 15, 1:33 p.m.

    "not 1 EMS vehicle has ever crossed the GWB for an emergency"- and that isn't the point of that whole dust up to begin with. It was the EMS IN Fort Lee, not the fact that anything was going over the bridge. It was the fact that by closing the lanes to the bridge, it backed up traffic so bad IN the town, the local EMS couldn't navigate through the complete gridlock- created out of spite by Christie staff and appointees. But it has ZERO to do with the article at all.

  • A person Jan 15, 1:29 p.m.

    So thankful that our economy is this good compared to how bad things would be with Romney. ... View More

    — Posted by NewToMe

    Really, that is why Barack has never met with his "Jobs Counsel"

  • Mon Account Jan 15, 1:27 p.m.

    What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.

    — Posted by mm23

    LOL, colossal waste to protect the leader of our country as he engages with the people and other politicians?

    I guess you thought JFK had too much "expensive" security, too.

  • smcallah Jan 15, 1:19 p.m.

    A full federal investigation should be launched into this "traffic-gate" incident. EMS was held... View More

    — Posted by A person

    You do realize that closing lanes on the GWB would cause traffic tie ups in other areas and not just on the bridge, right? Traffic on the bridge is not contained in a vacuum. Other roads feed into the bridge, roads that would become backed up from people waiting to get on the bridge, tying up people trying to get other places that don't have anything to do with the bridge.

  • computer trainer Jan 15, 1:18 p.m.

    I received my invite Monday and picked up my ticket yesterday. Excited for this visit and the... View More

    — Posted by Dr Sanchez

    - I received mine too, picked it up and promptly flushed it. That is why I am standing out here, with my sign, telling him to take his CHANGE and leave!

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 15, 1:17 p.m.

    Republicans are the reason we're in this mess in the first place. I feel bad for them as it's easier to blame Obama for everything.

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