By COLlive reporter
The announcement of President Barack Obama‘s planned visit to the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights was met with excitement by the students and faculty.
Grace Suh, an IBM Senior Program Manager who helped shape the tech school’s curriculum, commented: “It’s a great thing for the kids, the school, the model — it’s really terrific.”
And there wil be lots of traffic.
Between 20 to 30 vehicles drive in the motorcade of the President of the United States, among them several armored vehicles, a USSS Electronic Countermeasures Suburban, a counter-assault team and Secret Service agents.
The routes are selected by Secret Service agents in cooperation with local police forces. Escape routes are also established in the event of an emergency.
Vincent Martinos of the NYPD’s 71st Precinct asked COLlive.com to publicize which streets will have heavy traffic delays on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
He said the affected streets are Empire Boulevard from Flatbush Avenue to Kingston Avenue, and Kingston Avenue from Eastern Parkway to Empire Boulevard – the heart of the Jewish section of the neighborhood.
There will also be no parking along the route starting at midnight October 25, 2013. All parked cars will be towed.
A resident of Los Angeles, where the President has visited on 3 different occasions in the past 2 years, suggested that Crown Heights residents “try to do all your food shopping and planning in advance.”
“Every street for at least one full mile or more is closed off,” added the commentator on COLlive. “Traffic comes to a complete standstill, an entourage of police motorcycles and security cars follow along. This year, people had to abandon their cars and wait 4-6 hours. It was a disaster.”