POTUS visit to close parts of downtown Kansas City, sidewalks too

July 23, 2018 - 5:16 pm

Kansas City, MO - Police are warning anyone who lives or works downtown about significant issues with freedom of movement during the Presidential visit Tuesday, July 24th.

President Trump is coming to Kansas City for a fundraising luncheon and a speech at the VFW's annual convention.  Both events are closed to the public.

Trump's speech is scheduled for 11am at Municipal Auditorium.

However, KCPD says shutdown will last much of the day, beginning after the morning rush hour and reopening by the evening rush.

Work/live downtown #KansasCity? Better pack a lunch Tuesday & plan on not going anywhere morning to afternoon.
Much of downtown closed due to Trump visit to #VFWConvention.@kcpolice say "Office workers ... who typically walk to lunch will be unable to do so during this time."

— 98.1 FM KMBZ (@KMBZradio) July 23, 2018


No specifics given as to which streets will be closed off, and how far out the security cordon will be.

However, KCPD says the Secret Service will be blocking off a large area around the convention center to include parking garages and lots.  

Expect delays and reroutes tomorrow: President Trump is expected to attend the #VFWConvention in downtown.
Expect significant delays and reroutes, possibly affecting morning and afternoon rush hours. Please allow extra travel time. https://t.co/NDdCMCPzfP #kctraffic pic.twitter.com/MLNudzgKEp

— RideKC (@RideKCTransit) July 23, 2018

Sidewalks in the security cordon will also be locked down - no foot traffic allowed.  Office workers and others downtown won't be able to walk to lunch.

Police say protesters will be "allowed" near 13th and Washington.  

.@POTUS will be here tomorrow. Per @SecretService, areas of downtown around Convention Center district will be closed to car & pedestrian traffic. Since he's attending private events, there will be no public access/viewing of POTUS. More: https://t.co/yEBXGSrfPX

— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) July 23, 2018


Also expect rolling street, highway and interstate closures as the presidential motorcade rolls from KCI to downtown and back.


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