PITTSBURGH - In preparation for President Donald Trump's visit to Downtown Pittsburgh on Oct. 23, the city announced some security measures that will impact a lot of people.
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Several streets surrounding the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, where Trump will speak at the Shale Insight Conference, closed Wednesday after the morning rush hour -- and will likely cause heavy delays during the evening commute.
These are the closures that have been announced so far:
- 10th Street bisecting the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (closed at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday)
- No pedestrian traffic on Fort Duquesne Boulevard and 11th Street (went into effect at 4 a.m. Wednesday)
- 10th Street bypass, Fort Duquesne Boulevard and 11th Street (closed at 9 a.m. Wednesday)
Road closures will remain in place until at least 4 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.
Hissrich says @PghPublicSafety has "learned some valuable lessons" since the last time then candidate Trump visited Pittsburgh. In 2016, protests led to some violence and arrests— Aaron Martin (@WPXIAaronMartin) October 21, 2019
The conference is open to the public. People can register for a free general admission pass, on a first-come, first-served, basis.
Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich recommended in a release that people who work downtown consider working from home Wednesday or leaving early.
Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet announced that the following 12 schools are closed Wednesday:
- Pittsburgh Allderdice High School
- Pittsburgh Brashear High School
- Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
- Pittsburgh Carrick High School
- Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12
- Pittsburgh Obama 6-12
- Pittsburgh Online Academy Drop-In Center
- Pittsburgh Oliver Citywide Academy
- Pittsburgh Perry High School
- Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy 6-12
- Pittsburgh Student Achievement Center 6-12
- Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12
"We believe we can never do enough to ensure student safety," said Superintendent Hamlet. "Due to information we have received from City officials, the unknown impact of rolling closures on traffic, and as an additional precaution, we will close 12 schools to ensure students are not traveling through Downtown during the President's visit."
According to the release, all staff at closed schools should report to their school, except for CAPA staff, who will report to Pittsburgh Greenway. All athletic events are also canceled.
Traffic will also be affected by rolling road closures to accommodate Trump's motorcade as he travels to and from the convention center.
The specific timing and exact road closures will be released closer to the event.
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