BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — You can expect some periodic closures and delays throughout the day Thursday due to President Trump’s visit to Bossier City, according to Bossier City and parish officials.
Trump will be at the CenturyLink Center to stump for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone.
Residents should also expect some detours near the CenturyLink Center as visitors and the President arrive and depart.
The Arthur Ray Teague Parkway between McDade Street and Reeves Marine Drive will be closed during the event. The Arthur Ray Teague boat launch will also be closed.
There will be no parking on the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway, or on any shoulders or grass areas around the CenturyLink Center. Violators will be cited and vehicles will be towed.
Additionally, motorists are advised of alternate routes during their drive home from work Thursday afternoon in south Bossier traffic. If you wish to avoid congestion in the area, motorists can take I-20 over to Clyde-Fant Parkway in Shreveport and then cross back into Bossier over the Jimmie Davis bridge, which will not be closed.
“We’ve been working for over a week with the Secret Service team, the LSP, Bossier police, Caddo Sheriff’s Office, wildlife and fisheries, city marshal,” Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said Wednesday. “Everybody’s just pitched in and it’s manpower-intensive, as you can imagine. But we’re going to ensure a safe and good trip for the president.”
According to Louisiana State Police, other temporary closures are possible, including the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge outside the west gate of Barksdale Air Force Base. The timing of those closures are up to the Secret Service, but LSP Public Information Officer TFC. Brett Hardy says they are not expected to remain closed for extended periods.
For those planning to attend, consider carpooling as parking space is limited.
When attendees arrive at the venue they will be directed to the designated parking areas. For this event, the following items are NOT allowed:
- Lighters or e-cigarettes
- Large bags or purses
- Outside food or drinks
- Weapons of any kind
A sign language interpreter will also be provided at the event.