RadioOnFire.com - With congressional Republicans coming to town and President Donald Trump set to address them in Harbor East, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid downtown Thursday afternoon.
Heavy traffic is expected between 4 and 8 p.m. Temporary intersection closures may occur in the afternoon and early evening. Drivers who do have to be downtown should allow extra travel time. Those who work downtown are encouraged to leave work before 4 p.m. if possible.
Commuters and fans headed to Thursday night's Orioles game are also asked to use alternate modes of transportation, including Light Rail, local buses, Metro Subway and the Charm City Circulator. Transportation enforcement officers will be in place to help direct traffic. "We're working with all of the respective agencies to make sure we have operational readiness to provide safety for our leader and for the people of Baltimore at the same time," Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. Police Col. Richard Worley said the department is working with local, state and federal partners. He said the department plans to release a list of road closures Wednesday afternoon. Trump's visit to Baltimore will come weeks after he slammed the city in an attack on Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose district includes West Baltimore. Cummings is the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has issued a number of subpoenas of Trump's family, businesses and top officials. The president's tweets, prompted by a Fox News segment, came several days after Cummings took acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan to task for conditions at the southern border.