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Presidential Visit Ties Up Westchester Labor Day Weekend Getaway Traffic

Traffic on the approach to I-684 after President Obama's motorycle left for New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Heavy traffic on I-95 and Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck just after 3 p.m. Friday. Photo Credit: New York State Thruway Authority

UPDATE, 5:20 p.m. President Obama's motorcade is en route to Westchester County Airport and police have closed six lanes in both directions of I-684 at Mile Marker 4.4 in North Castle, north of Exit 2 (Route 120).

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.


WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- President Obama’s whirlwind visit on the first of two days in Westchester County caused temporary road and highway closures while he moved between fundraisers in New Rochelle and Purchase on Friday.

Air Force One landed at Westchester County Airport at 1:52 p.m. and Obama headed for his first stop in New Rochelle. I-684 in North Castle in Westchester County between Exit 2 and the Hutchinson River Parkway was closed for police activity as the motorcade traveled south to New Rochelle.

"The standstill traffic outside of KHPN (airport plane tracking service) has gotten so bad that people are out of their cars and conversing in the middle of 684," Tweeted Kieran Roberts.

Obama is returning to Westchester on Saturday to attend a wedding at Blue Hills at Stone Barn in Pocantico Hills.

The New York State Thruway Authority and Department of Transportation, with approval from the U.S. Secret Service, has released the times certain sections of area highways will be closed Friday to help travelers avoid traffic during Obama’s visit.

For those traveling in the Westchester area between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, there will be intermittent road closures on:

I-684 between Purchase and Armonk I-287 between White Plains and Port Chester I-95 between Pelham and the Connecticut State Line

Between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday there will be road closures on:

I-684 between Purchase and Armonk I-287/I-87 between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Port Chester

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a no-fly order for flights over parts of Westchester on Friday and Saturday.

The City of New Rochelle has a traffic advisory for East End business owners and residents. More info on the advisory is available here.

To see an interactive map, including Google traffic conditions for the Thruway and other roadways in New York State and beyond, go to the State Thruway website.

Brian Donnelly also contributed to this report.

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