Obama auto show, UAW visits prompt road closures

The Detroit News

Some downtown Detroit streets will close during President Barack Obama’s visit Wednesday to the auto show and a stop at UAW offices.

Police said eastbound Larned from John C. Lodge to Washington and the entrance ramp to the Lodge from Congress are closed until the presidential visit ends, police said in a statement.

“During that time, citizens can expect traffic congestion, long waits and delays during their travels,” the statement read. “The Detroit Police Department encourages the community to remain patient and consider an alternate route to and from their destination.”

Meanwhile, the People Mover will offer “extremely limited service between 12:30 and approximately 3:30 p.m.,” officials said in a statement.

Trains will not stop at the Renaissance, Millender Center, Financial District, Joe Louis Arena and Cobo Center stations, which are closed for pedestrian entry starting at 12:30 p.m. The remaining eight stations will be served by one People Mover train operating between Fort/Cass around to Bricktown station and back.

Two motor coaches also will stop in front of six People Mover stations; customers may board in front of the Fort/Cass Broadway, Michigan Greektown and Grand Circus Park Bricktown stations from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., officials said.

After security clearance, DPM stations will reopen and normal operating service will continue until midnight.