Obama visit will snarl area traffic today

Planning an early getaway for the holiday weekend? You won’t get far by car if you are heading west or south by car.

Major roads on the Connecticut border will be closed this afternoon as President Obama visits Westchester County.

Between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, there will be intermittent road closures on:

• I-684 between Purchase and Armonk

• I-287 between White Plains and Port Chester

• I-95 between Pelham and the Connecticut State Line

Between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday there will be road closures on:

• I-684 between Purchase and Armonk

• I-287/I-87 between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Port Chester

Several Westchester streets will also be closed temporarily Friday as Obama passes through the county. He is due to arrive at Westchester County Airport around 2 p.m. Friday. He will then attend two private fund-raisers: in Purchase at Wall Street financier Robert Wolf's home and in New Rochelle for a smaller fundraiser and round-table event.

Mr. Obama will then jet off from Westchester County Airport to Rhode Island for a third fund-raiser sometime around 6 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a no-fly order for flights over parts of Westchester on Friday and Saturday.

The City of New Rochelle has issued a traffic advisory for East End business owners and residents.

Mr. Obama will return to Westchester for a Saturday wedding in Mount Pleasant, according to Politico.

Motorists can sign up for TRANSAlert emails regarding thruway traffic conditions.

To see an interactive map, including Google traffic conditions for the Thruway and other roadways in New York State and beyond, go to the State Thruway website.