President Barack Obama’s bus tour through upstate New York is expected to cause road delays and temporary closures on the state Thruway, according to the Thruway Authority.
As is customary, specific details of Obama’s route aren’t being made public. But in an alert issued Wednesday morning, the Thruway Authority said motorists should stay flexible, as they may be temporarily blocked from re-entering certain roadways from Thruway exits and rest areas on Thursday and Friday between Buffalo and Syracuse.
According to the White House, Obama is scheduled to give speeches in Syracuse and the Buffalo area on Thursday, before he hosts a town hall discussion at Binghamton University on Friday and makes another appearance in Scranton, Pa.
The Thruway’s alert also included this line: “President Obama is expected to visit the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas as well as other parts of upstate.”
When contacted, the Thruway Authority sought to clarify the news release, insisting it wasn’t meant to suggest Obama is making a stop in the Rochester area. The Thruway connects Buffalo and Syracuse, running south of Rochester in between.