Slower traffic, temporary closures expected on the Thruway in light of President Obama's visit to CNY

In light of President Obama's visit to Central New York, drivers traveling on the Thruway may encounter slower traffic, and temporary road closures this week.

The President's bus tour is scheduled to stop in Buffalo and Syracuse, and will roll through points in between on Thursday, August 22.

On Friday, August 23, the President's motorcade will make its way to Binghamton and finally, Scranton in northeast Pennsylvania.

At certain times, drivers may temporarily be unable to enter the Thruway at certain interchanges, or blocked off from re-entering at Thruway service plazas and rest areas.

Syracuse Police have also issued a traffic advisory for Thursday. Roads in near Henninger High School will be subject to temporary and extended closures throughout the day on Thursday.

President Obama is scheduled to speak at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena Thursday morning, and is expected to take the podium at Henninger High School in Syracuse at 6 p.m.

He is expected to lay out his plan for reducing college costs and improving the value of higher education.

Tickets to the Buffalo and Syracuse presentations were distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

The White House has not revealed where the President will stay overnight between Thursday and Friday, but the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared airspace over Auburn for Thursday night into Friday morning. This is part of routine Secret Service planning that happens when the President visits a community.

The FAA filed similar notices corresponding with President Obama's visit to Buffalo Thursday morning, and along the Thruway, on the route his bus tour will likely take.

The Thruway Authority reminds drivers to use caution at all times.

You can follow the Thruway Authority for real-time traffic updates, sign up for TransAlert emails regarding thruway traffic conditions, or keep up with the action on the Thruway's Twitter handle, @Thruway Traffic.