( Lebanon, Ohio ) - President Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in the Cincinnati area on Friday evening, and law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions are warning people about potential traffic issues.
Even though specifics as far as times and exact routes aren't being released for security purposes, drivers are being warned about traffic issues starting Friday afternoon.
President Trump is expected to fly in to Lunken Airport before his motorcade drives to the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon for an evening rally. Cincinnati Police on Twitter say drivers should expect road closures lasting up to 30 minutes as the President travels from Lunken to the fairgrounds and back. Police mention I-71 and I-275.
A statement from the Warren County Sheriff also lists St Rt 48 as also expected to be affected by security closures. The sheriff goes on to say that the fairgrounds will not be open to the public before 2pm, and that drivers will not be allowed to line up outside the fairgrounds ahead of time.
Once the grounds are open, attendees will drive through several security checkpoints. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Northbound traffic on Broadway will enter at Gate 2. Southbound vehicles will enter at Gate 1. People on foot will be directed by security. Overflow parking will be at Colonial Park West.
Drivers not attending the rally should expect traffic delays, road closures, and increased traffic volume in the City of Lebanon and on interstates affected by the transit closures during the Friday afternoon rush hour. You're encouraged to be patient and give yourself extra time.