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ALERT: Prepare for Valley Traffic Closures During Presidential Visit

Air Force One sits a Palm Springs International Airport following the president's arrival in June 2013.  Palm Desert Patch photo by Renee Schiavone.
Air Force One sits a Palm Springs International Airport following the president's arrival in June 2013. Palm Desert Patch photo by Renee Schiavone.

Various road closures will be in effect Friday through Monday throughout the Valley due to President Barack Obama's meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Rancho Mirage, police said.

In Palm Springs, where both men are set to fly into, the following roads will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians:

  • Kirk Douglas Way between Ramon and El Cielo roads, from 2 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Monday; and
  • Airport Center Drive between Avenue Evelita and El Placer Road, from 5 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Monday.

Brief road closures and minor traffic delays are also expected on some roads near Palm Springs International Airport and along the presidential motorcade route, Palm Springs police spokesman Sgt. Harvey Reed said.

Also in connection with the summit, the following roads in the Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage area will be closed from noon Friday until 5 p.m. Monday:

  • Bob Hope Drive, both directions from Gerald Ford Drive to Frank Sinatra Drive. Motorists traveling south on Bob Hope will be detoured east or west on Gerald Ford; those traveling north on Bob Hope will be detoured east on Frank Sinatra.
  • Frank Sinatra Drive, both directions. Residents, guests and service providers of Desert Island Country Club will be allowed through at Von Dehn Road. Identification will be required. Westbound motorists will be detoured south on Bob Hope.

Obama is due to arrive at Palm Springs International Airport from Fresno early Friday evening, according to the White House. He and Abdullah will meet at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage Friday evening.



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