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Presidential bus tour to snarl Thruway traffic
Buffalo, N.Y. - President Obama's trip to Buffalo and Syracuse Thursday is expected to cause some traffic tie-ups on the Thruway.
The New York State Thruway Authority said drivers should be prepared for temporary road closures and slow or stopped traffic on the Thruway.
The agency said drivers may not be allowed to enter the highway at some interchanges at certain times, or may be unable to re-enter the highway from service plazas and rest areas. Details of timing haven't been released.
President Obama is making a bus tour through upstate New York and Pennsylvania to lay out ideas for making college more affordable.
He's expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the University at Buffalo and then at 6:00 p.m. at Henninger High School in Syracuse. On Friday, he'll participate in a town hall event at Binghamton University.
So far there Rochester is not on the list of spots the President plans to visit.
However, President Obamas white house staff members visited Strong Memorial Hospital this week to work with staff and familiarize themselves with the facility. A spokesperson for the hospital said whenever a president comes to the region the White House will visit the major hospital in the area.
13WHAM News will have live coverage throughout the day of President Obamas visits.