Obama’s Northern Virginia visit to affect area traffic

LEESBURG, Va. – As President Obama comes to campaign at Loudoun County High School here on Thursday, some Eastern Panhandle commuters may find getting home more complicated.

Doors for the by-ticket-only event at 415 Dry Mill Road SW will open at 5:30 p.m., but roads near the school will be closed starting at 2:30 p.m.

The Democratic rally is part of a two-day tour by Obama of the swing states of Virginia, Florida and Ohio. The president’s GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, also has campaigned in Virginia, most recently in June.

When Obama won the presidency in 2008, he was the first Democrat to win the state of Virginia in a presidential contest in more than four decades. Virginia has 13 electoral votes and a July poll by Quinnipiac University showed an even split between the two men with 44 percent each.

Tickets for the event are being distributed by the Obama for America campaign at three locations: Loudoun County High School (415 Dry Mill Road SW, Leesburg), the Leesburg campaign office (56 Sycolin Road SE, Leesburg) and the Sterling campaign office (46936 Benedict Drive, Suite 200, Sterling). No one will be admitted to the event without a ticket.

According to officials in Loudoun County, Dry Mill Road will be closed from Catoctin Circle to Wage Drive beginning at 2:30 p.m. through the end of the event. Pedestrian traffic on Dry Mill Road will be off limits prior to and during the visit.

Other roads to be affected: Catoctin Circle from Rosemeade Drive to Belmont Drive; Lee Avenue from Dominion Academy to Wage Drive; W&OD Trail from Catoctin Circle to Wage Drive.

Officials from the Obama for America campaign are recommending that those who attend the president’s rally park at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds at 17558 Dry Mill Road. Shuttle buses will be available to take attendees to and from the event.

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