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Trump motorcade stalls rush hour traffic into Cincinnati

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Several major highways abruptly shut down Thursday evening as President-elect Donald Trump's motorcade traveled into Cincinnati.

Trump and Vice Presidential-elect Mike Pence were speaking at US Bank Arena at 7 p.m. as part of the campaign's "thank you" tour.

"I didn't know they closed the roads around the stadium for an hour and a half," Trump said after taking the stage. 

The closures shut down Interstate 71/75 from northern Kentucky and southern interstates traveling toward downtown Cincinnati. They reopened around 6:45 p.m. 

Cincinnati police issued a statement Thursday night saying the Secret Service does not release travel in advance, so there was nothing to announce ahead of time, which caused major delays.

The statement from Director of Communications Rocky Merz reads:

"Transporting the President-and Vice President-Elect from CVG to US Bank required the closure of I-75 in NKY from the airport to downtown, in both directions, for just over an hour during tonight’s rush hour.

For sake of the security of the dignitary, in this case the President-and Vice President-Elect, the Secret Service does not allow release of travel routes or times in advance, so unfortunately there was nothing to announce ahead of time.

Many of us were stuck in the same traffic mess. This is not something we have a say in and regrettably for us, this closure of the interstate in KY at this time of day, resulted in major traffic problems getting in and out of downtown Cincinnati this evening."

Some state traffic cameras were turned to the ground or obscured views as the motorcade passed through. Other traffic cameras showed empty, shut down interstates - a rare site for rush hour in Cincinnati.

See a real-time traffic map here.

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