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Obama visit could add to rush-hour delays

LESLEE LACEY News Channel 8
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:36 PM

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President Barack Obama's visit to Tampa this afternoon could add to rush hour delays.

The president spoke at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus for about 45 minutes starting at 4:15 p.m. A packed gymnasium of roughly 3,000 people was expected to attend.

There is increased security around the college and on Dale Mabry Highway near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Tampa Bay Boulevard.

Commuters may experience some spectator delays with the usual onslaught of campaigners and protesters along Dale Mabry in this area.

Commuters should also expect possible intermittent lane closures before and after the president arrives. For security reasons, a detailed route and possible lane closures or rerouting of traffic was not disclosed.

The college isn't far from Tampa International Airport so any traffic delays created by the presidential motorcade should not last long.

Leslee Lacey is the morning traffic reporter for News Channel 8. For traffic updates, follow her on Twitter @LesleeLacey.

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