President Barack Obama is scheduled to fly into MacDill Air Force Base late Tuesday for a briefing at U.S. Central Command, but city officials say his visit will also affect traffic in and around the southern part of downtown Tampa.
Commuters and residents will see the impact on the road, at parking garages and at businesses, city officials said, without providing further detail. Obama is expected to spend the night in Tampa and to meet with military leaders on Wednesday as they work on military plans for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Street closures and detours will be announced by programmable message boards. Drivers should be ready to be flexible and allow for extra travel time.
For example, city officials said, downtown commuters should consider flexing their hours and leaving work early on Tuesday, and either coming in earlier or later than usual on Wednesday morning.