BUFFLAO, N.Y. (WIVB) - If you're traveling around the Buffalo Niagara Airport or Interstate-90 on Thursday, you'll likely be delayed by President Barack Obama's visit to Buffalo.
Ahead of his talk at the University at Buffalo, a massive military jet landed at the airport on Wednesday. Anthony Olsen watched the plane land.
"They unloaded the SUVs, the limo and the bus," he said. "That's all we saw them unloading over there."
Within an hour, it was over. News 4 found the president's bus driving out of the airport then down Rt. 33 and onto the Thruway. It is expected President Obama will travel on this bus in the coming days. After his speech at UB, he'll be speaking at other locations in New York, including Syracuse and Binghamton, and northeastern Pennsylvania.
As the Commander-in-Chief travels down I-90, police will shut down its entrance ramps, exit ramps and rest stops. Anyone using the Thruway will be delayed until the president leaves the area.
Timmy King, a truck driver, expects traffic to be tied up for a half hour, if not longer.
"Traffic's going to back up on the exits, so it's going to put you behind," King said. "Just wait it out and be patient. What are you going to do? You have to protect the president."
Neither the Thruway Authority nor State Police would say which areas would be closed or for how long. But that's no big deal for trucker Jeff Sandidge.
"That's the president," he said. "So whatever he need to do for his safety, they need to do it."
Drivers are being told to be on alert, and to drive cautiously around the Thruway as well as other major roads in the area. Travelers can visit www.Thruway.ny.gov for real-time traffic updates or follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter.
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