PRESIDENT OBAMA'S MADISON VISIT (UPDATED 11-4-2009)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 4:16am
PART OF FISH HATCHERY ROAD TO BE CLOSED
The decision was made this morning to block northbound traffic on Fish Hatchery Road at Carver Street. This was to have originally been blocked at 12:00 p.m., but it is blocked now, as of 10:30 a.m.
In addition, there is limited access (also as of 10:30 p.m.) to Fish Hatchery Road north of Badger Road, and there is no access to Fish Hatchery Road at Wingra Street.
The Madison Police Department (MPD), in conjunction with several other local law enforcement agencies, is in the process of making final preparations for President Obama's Wednesday visit to James C. Wright Middle School, 1717 Fish Hatchery Road.
The is the first time in recent history that a sitting president has made a call on the city, and security will be paramount during Mr. Obama's time in Madison. The MPD is currently working with an advance team of U.S. Secret Service agents to jointly implement the necessary security measures.
The specific motorcade route from the Dane County Regional Airport to Wright Middle School will not be disclosed in advance, but suffice to say, some traffic backups can be anticipated, as intersections along the route will be temporarily closed off as the President passes.
There will also be road closures around Wright Middle School. Specifically, Fish Hatchery Road between Wingra Drive and Carver Street will be shutdown between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Many Madison Police officers are being called on to assist with motorcade and event security, and there will be overtime costs; however, it is not known at this time what they will be. That figure will be released sometime after the event.
- Joel DeSpain, 266-4897