Trump Visit: Traffic delays are definite in downtown Louisville

Traffic delays planned ahead of President Trump's Louisville arrival Wednesday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - By 6 p.m. Wednesday, President Donald Trump should be on his way out of Louisville after an eventful day that includes speaking to the AMVETS National Convention at the Galt House Hotel and a private fundraiser for Gov. Matt Bevin at the Seelbach Hotel.

It all means downtown traffic could be tricky. Between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, anyone traveling between the airport and downtown Louisville should be ready for road closures and delays as Trump is headed to and from his events.

Louisville Downtown Partnership Executive Director Rebecca Matheny said Louisvillians who work downtown should prepare and be aware.

“They will close the entire interstate during the time the President’s traveling in and traveling out,” she said.

Matheny warned to expect multiple road closures and no stopping signs throughout downtown.

“They never disclose the exact route (of the president’s motorcade), but we can expect rolling lane closures,” she said.

AMVET visitors like Janet Stephenson said she was sightseeing Tuesday to avoid traffic tie-ups before Trump’s Wednesday talk to her convention at the Galt House. She said she was excited about the opportunity.

“How many times do you get to hear up close and personal from the president?” Stephenson asked.

Trump’s motorcade will leave the Galt House for the Seelbach Hotel, just a few blocks away at 4th and Muhammad Ali, which happens to be next door to Brandon Gamboa’s office.

“We are right in the heart of it, so I already know it’s going to be crazy,” Gamboa told WAVE 3 News.

Getting off at 4:30, he’s aware of potential problems commuting home.

“I’m kind of in limbo,” Gamboa said. “My office has another facility out on Hurstbourne Lane, so that option has been opened to us.”

If he decides to work downtown, Gamboa said he has a plan.

“To park at a distance, so I can get in the car and drive from there,” he said.

That’s also the recommendation from the Louisville Downtown Partnership, which advises downtown workers to park outside impacted zones and walk or take the TARC in from areas like Broadway or Slugger Field.

The agency is also asking employers to let employees like CPA Michael Evans arrive early and leave early or work outside of the office.

“We’re able to work remotely from home so I got a feeling a lot of the office is going to be out tomorrow,” Evans said.

Here’s LMPD’s list of potential closures:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - Presidential Visit

All Day

• Armory Place from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Liberty Street

7 am - 5 pm

• Third Street from River Road to Main Street

9 am - 6 pm

• Fourth Street from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Chestnut Street

• Muhammad Ali Boulevard from Third Street to Fifth Street

11 am - 5 pm

• Main Street from Second Street to Fifth Street

No Parking Areas

All Day

• Brook Street from Broadway to Muhammad Ali Boulevard

• Alley Way between Fourth Street and Fifth Street, behind the Seelbach

• First Street from Broadway to Muhammad Ali Boulevard

• Second Street from Main Street to River Road

• Third Street from River Road to Broadway

• Fourth Street from River Road to Broadway

• Fifth Street from Liberty Street to Chestnut Street

• River Road from Sixth Street to Witherspoon Street

• Pay Lot under Interstate 64 on North Preston Street (restricted parking all day)

• North Preston Street from Witherspoon Street to Interstate 65 Bridge

• East Witherspoon Street from North Jackson Street to North Clay Street

• Main Street from Fifth Street to Second Street

• Main Street from Jackson Street to Hancock Street

• Billy Goat Strut Alley from Brook Street to Floyd Street

• North Hancock Street from Main Street to Washington Street

• Market Street from Fifth Street to Third Street

• Market Street from Jackson Street to Hancock Street

• Congress Alley from Second Street to Floyd Street

• South Jackson Street from Jefferson Street to East Market Street

• Jefferson Street from Fifth Street to Third Street

• Jefferson Street from Preston Street to Jackson Street

• Liberty Street from Fifth Street to Third Street

• Liberty Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street

• Preston Street from Liberty Street to Jefferson Street

• Muhammad Ali Boulevard from Floyd Street to First Street

• Muhammad Ali Boulevard from Third Street to Fifth Street

• Hancock Street from Market Street to Madison Street

• Chestnut Street from Fifth Street to Clay Street (Emergency Route)

• Gray Street from First Street to Floyd Street

• Broadway from First Street to Floyd Street

• Jacob Street from First Street to Floyd Street

• College Street from First Street to Floyd Street

• Breckinridge Street from First Street to Floyd Street

• Caldwell Street from First Street to Brook Street

• Kentucky Street from First Street to Floyd Street

• St. Catherine Street from Brook Street to Floyd Street

• Oak Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street

• Ormsby Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street

• Woodbine Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street

• Burnett Avenue from Floyd Street to Preston Street

• Hill Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street

• Brandeis Avenue from Arthur Street to Bradley Avenue

• Warnock Street from Arthur Street to Fort Street

• Eastern Parkway from Arthur Street to Crittenden Drive

• Crittenden Drive from Maylawn Avenue to Boxley Avenue

• Phillips Lane from Freedom Way to Preston Highway

• Standiford Lane from Standiford Court to Preston Highway

• Grade Lane from Grand Lane Connector to Preston Highway

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