This afternoon, President Barack Obama is scheduled to make an appearance in the Denver area as part of his continuing advocacy of tougher gun-control laws -- like the ones recently signed in Colorado. It's always exciting to have the POTUS in town, even if he seemed to be here every other day during last year's campaign season. But his arrival tends to cause traffic nightmares, and with the NRA urging its members to stand up in protest even though the event's not open to the public, this stop could be even worse than usual. Look below to see where street closures will happen.
The President will be speaking at the Denver Police Academy, 2155 North Akron Way. The scheduled start time is 2:30 p.m., but the Prez isn't exactly known for being punctual, so it could be considerably later than that, with the after-effects likely to impact rush hour in the area.
According to the Denver Police Department, there will be two main street closures. The first blockade will go up at Central Park Boulevard at Montview Boulevard, with Central Park Boulevard off limits....
...past the Denver Police Academy building.... ...to East 21st Avenue. The other main closure begins at Central Park Boulevard and North Akron Way.... ...with North Akron Way shut down until East 22nd Avenue. In between is the Bill Roberts School (no relation): No doubt the school's students, faculty and parents will have a fun day today.
Continue reading for more spots to avoid.
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And what about drivers who regularly use Montview Boulevard as part of their regular commute? It will be open, but there's a very good chance that instead of looking like this....
...it'll resemble this.... ...and this.... ...and this. The DPD encourages drivers to "be patient and be prepared to use alternative routes" during the afternoon and early evening hours. Good advice -- but that won't prevent plenty of commuters from grumbling tonight.
More from our Politics archive circa September 2012: "Obama in Golden, Colorado: Is the ninth time the charm?"