President Barack Obama delivers remarks on health care reform at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, Monday, June 15, 2009 in Chicago, Ill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
With just a few days remaining before President Barack Obama visits Grand Junction, local officials are preparing for anything and everything.
Colorado State Patrol Sergeant Dean Garcia says prepare for the Interstate to be closed this Saturday to make way for the Presidential motorcade, "It will be closed in both directions, and as soon as the motorcade exits I–70 the Interstate will be opened up in both directions again both east and westbound."
The route from the airport to Central High School, along Horizon Drive, I–70, and the Clifton exit will be shut down briefly, and State Patrol says if you're on the road, pull over, and stay in your car.
While State Patrol is assisting with the motorcade, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office will also be stepping up to help.
Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies and Grand Junction Police Officers will be assisting the Secret Service, and both agencies hope attendees will keep things under control.
Central High School Principal Jody Diers says she’s honored to be hosting such a guest, “It doesn’t matter what party you're affiliated with, it doesn't matter what your beliefs are, but to host the President of the United States in our building, incredible!"
Officials with The White House say parking will be at Central High School, as well as next door at the Long Family Memorial Park, and are asking that only people with tickets show up to the event.