Obama visit could magnify traffic headaches

SEATTLE — President Barack Obama is visiting Seattle for political fundraisers and drivers should get ready for road closures around the Puget Sound region Tuesday afternoon and evening as the president’s motorcade travels between stops.

Seattle police advised people to plan extra time for their commutes.

State highway officials had already asked commuters to make alternative plans this week if they usually drive to Seattle on Interstate 90, as three of westbound Interstate 90 are closed between Bellevue and Mercer Island for repairs.

Obama is scheduled to arrive at Boeing Field Tuesday afternoon.

KOMO reported that the president’s first stop will be a mansion in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. He’ll then head to Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s home in Hunt’s Point for a fundraiser.

The president is not expected to make any public appearances in Seattle. Obama is scheduled to leave the Seattle area Tuesday evening, en route to another fund-raising stop in San Francisco.

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