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Trump’s visit to force closures of some downtown Phoenix streets, businesses

President Donald Trump claps as he walks across the South Lawn on his return to the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

PHOENIX — Driving in downtown Phoenix will be a little complicated ahead of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign rally on Tuesday.

Mayor Greg Stanton said at least three streets near the Phoenix Convention Center — located near Third and Washington streets — would be closed starting Tuesday afternoon:

  • Monroe Street will be closed between Second and Seventh streets
  • Third Street will be closed between Washington and Van Buren streets
  • Fifth Street will be closed between Jefferson and Van Buren streets

All of the closures were relatively minor.

“Major arteries — like Washington, Jefferson and Van Buren (streets) — will remain open,” Stanton said, though some traffic restrictions would likely be in place on those roads.

There was a possibility that Trump’s motorcade could force other closures, but details on a specific route were not available.

Valley Metro said both the bus and light rail would run on a normal schedule during the event.

Stanton said people who work in downtown should plan ahead because of the closures and expected crowds.

Some businesses were also expected to close or alter their hours, though an exact number was unclear.

The Superior Court of Arizona said it would close its downtown locations ahead of the rally. That included the Old Courthouse, South Court Tower, East Court Building, Central Court Building, West Court Building, Downtown Justice Center, Luhr’s Building Probation Center and One West Madison offices.

It said those seeking orders of protection or emergency relief should look for other courts to help during the closure.

Trump was expected to speak at the Phoenix Convention Center at 7 p.m., while several groups had planned to protest.

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