President Obama Visit Could Affect Bay Area Traffic

For security reasons, the president’s precise movements aren’t made public, so here’s a look at how President Barack Obama’s latest visit to the Bay Area might impact your commute.

Traffic was so bad during the president's visit to Los Angeles this week that Southern California drivers started a hashtag on Twitter: #ObamaJam.

President Obama is headed to Northern California Thursday afternoon. He is scheduled to land at Moffett Field in Mountain View just before 4 p.m. It's possible he will take a helicopter from there to Los Altos.

But, if he travels by car, here's how your Thursday evening commute could be impacted:

Air Force One touches down at 3:50 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Then the president heads to Los Altos for a roundtable meeting. Highway 101 will be affected near Moffett Field at the start of his trip.
Highway 85 and Highway 237 could be impacted as well.

Later, the president leaves Los Altos and heads to a reception at the Fairmont, in downtown San Jose. Interstate 280 is likely going to be his route -- all the way -- sometime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday night. Highway 85 might be impacted as well.

On Friday morning, the president will visit the Walmart store on Showers Drive in Mountain View, near the intersection of El Camino Real and San Antonio. Morning commuters in the vicinity should anticipate backups.

From there, it’s back to Moffett Field. The president is scheduled to depart from Mountain View about 11 a.m. Friday morning.

The president is expected to shake hands with about 100 Walmart employees during this visit

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