LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Prepare for major traffic delays Friday when President Donald Trump travels to Cincinnati for a rally in the northern suburbs as he continues his tour of battleground areas ahead of the upcoming midterm election.
Air Force One will land at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in the East End after 4 p.m., but the president’s precise travel plans are kept secret for security reasons.
Trump is scheduled to speak to thousands of people during a 7 p.m. rally at the Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon.
He is visiting six states in 10 days to energize supporters to back Republicans in tight races for the House of Representatives. The party could lose control of the House at a time when, historically, the party in control of the White House loses ground in Congress.
Trump is campaigning here for U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Waverly, who is challenging Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat.
Other important races for Republicans that he will tout are in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District between longtime incumbent Steve Chabot and Democrat Aftab Pureval, Hamilton County’s Clerk of Courts; and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s effort to be governor over Democrat Richard Cordray.
This will be the president’s first visit since February, when he spoke at Sheffer Corporation in Blue Ash.
His rallies are drawing huge crowds and long lines.
Motorists are being warned to expect significant delays and closures on the northern loop of Interstate 275, I-71 from I-275, I-71 to St. Rt. 48 and on St. Rt. 48 from I-71 late Friday afternoon and into the evening rush hour.
“The safe movement of President Trump’s motorcade requires temporary road closures lasting as long as 30 minutes as he travels to and from Cincinnati to Warren County,” Cincinnati Police said in a tweet Thursday.
Be patient and give yourself extra time, make alternate travel plans, or avoid the area.
Motorists in Lebanon in particular should expect major delays and sporadic road closures, Warren County officials warn.
Those who are attending the rally should be at or near the fairgrounds by 2 p.m. when gates open, Lebanon Police said in a tweet.
The building where the where the rally will be held will not open for another two hours, until 4 p.m.
It will be held at Building E, which is an open-air, covered pavilion that has an adjacent, overflow area.
You’ll want to bundle up. Temperatures are only making it up into the mid-50s Friday afternoon, and they are expected to dip into the upper 40s by 8 p.m.
Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis, and you must register for tickets online first.
“You are encouraged to bring as few items as possible,” they also wrote.
There is really only one way into the fairgrounds: on Broadway Street.
Vehicles will not be permitted to stage, park, or line up on Broadway Street until the fairgrounds gates open, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Once the fairgrounds are open, motorists will be required to enter through the track for a series of checkpoints before entering the venue.
Carpooling is strongly encouraged as parking will be limited, sheriff’s officials said.
Vehicles travelling north on Broadway Street will enter at Gate 2.
Vehicles travelling south will enter at Gate 1.
Pedestrians who park elsewhere will be directed to the track and the security checkpoints.
Limited handicap parking is available.
Overflow parking will be at Colonial Park West, directly across from the fairgrounds.
There will be no parking attendants at Colonial Park West. The park will remained closed until needed, sheriff’s officials said.