President Obama arrives in Baltimore; traffic delays projected

Interstate 95 near tunnel closed in advance of president's tour of Fort McHenry

September 12, 2014|By Kevin Rector and Sean Welsh | The Baltimore Sun

President Barack Obama landed in South Baltimore in a large helicopter shortly before 4 p.m. Friday in advance of a private tour of Fort McHenry.

Obama disembarked one of three aircraft that landed in a field to the side of Sun Park, just northwest of the Hanover Street Bridge. Secret Service agents spent days preparing and securing the site. The President walked briskly from the open doors of his helicopter to a waiting motorcade.

Just moments before, Blue Angels jets streaked across the same skies amid the Star-Spangled Spectacular events.

An already busy rush hour got a bit more hectic around the city.

Drivers were advised Friday to avoid the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the Fort McHenry Tunnel for about an hour leading into the evening rush. The President landed via helicopter on the south side of the I-95 highway just south of the tunnel.

In a statement at the ballpark and on Twitter at 3:30 p.m., the Orioles announced that the stretch of I-95 between the tunnel and Interstate 695 would be closed for about an hour.

City residents and workers are already on alert regarding traffic because of the Star-Spangled 200 celebration surrounding the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry.

Baltimore City Department of Transportation said in a tweet: "Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time when heading downtown. Heavy traffic conditions are expected throughout the weekend."

The Maryland Transportation Authority suggested alternate routes of Interstate 895 and Interstate 695 via the Key Bridge.

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