Expect Traffic Delays Along Telegraph Road Due To Obama Visit
High-profile fundraiser in Bingham Farms will prompt intermittent closures at around 6:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Metro Detroit motorists should expect intermittent closures along Telegraph Road this evening as President Obama makes his way to a private fundraiser in Bingham Farms.
Both sides of Telegraph Road in Bingham Farms will be shut down for the president's motorcade at roughly 6:45 p.m. and again at 9:15 p.m., said Lt. William Castro of the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department. Those times are estimates and the shutdowns should last no more than 10 or 15 minutes, he emphasized.
Obama is trying to close the contribution gap he has against likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Michigan, and will attend a cocktail and dinner event at the home of Birmingham businesswoman Denise Ilitch. Tickets for the evening reception, formal photo and dinner are $40,000, while the cost for the dinner and a candid photo is $10,000.
He will be coming from a Democratic Party fundraiser at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn late Wednesday afternoon. Oakwood Boulevard is expected to close briefly from 4:45-5:15 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m. from the Southfield Freeway to Michigan Avenue as the Secret Service escorts the president to and from The Henry Ford.
Castro said officers from several other area municipalities will be assisting with traffic control.
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