GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - President Donald Trump will be holding a Make America Great Again rally in Grand Rapids this Thursday.
With the president in downtown Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena, there is a myriad of street and parking lot closures that will impact travelers in the area.
The City of Grand Rapids laid out the closures on Tuesday, to prepare for Thursday's free event -- which is expected to draw out between 10,000 and 12,000 attendees.
The immediate streets around Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W., will be closed starting at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The street closures are expected to last until about 8:30 p.m. They are:
- Fulton Street West from Ottawa to Ionia
- Weston Street SW, west of Ionia
- Oakes Street SW from Ottawa to Ionia
- Ottawa Avenue SW from Fulton to Oakes
The Area 2 lot on Oakes Street SW and Area 3 lot on Ionia Avenue SW will be closed to all users starting at midnight Wednesday through midnight Thursday. All access cardholders for these lots will have access to the Louis Campau ramp on Monroe Avenue NW and McConnell Ionia lot on McConnell Street SW during that time.
Metered parking will not be allowed in the following areas:
- Ottawa Avenue NW between Oakes and Fulton
- Oakes Street SW between Grandville and Market
- Weston Street SW between Ottawa and Grandville
- Weston Street SW west of Ionia
- Lot at Fulton Street SW and Ionia
Police officers from Grand Rapids and Wyoming, Kent County Sheriff's deputies and Michigan State troopers will be on hand to direct traffic, but with the road closures, additional motorists and pedestrians -- downtown travelers can expect heavy traffic and delays.
Trump's campaign rally will be at 7 p.m. on March 28 -- doors will open at 4 p.m.. It is free to attend, but attendees are asked to register here.
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