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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 08/11/2012

Romney visit to N. Va.: Watch out for road closures

The Romney campaign is heading up to the Washington area for an afternoon “Victory Rally” in Manassas.

The rally, which will be held at the Harris Pavilion in Manassas’ Old Town district, is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m., with doors opening at 2:45 p.m. To accomodate the expected crowd, Manassas police have barred vehicle traffic from West Street between Prince William Street and Church Street from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. West Street will be closed to pedestrian traffic from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., officials said.

Northbound Center Street, from Grant Avenue to Battle Street, will be closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Manassas City Police said the department is prepared for a crowd as large as 4,000.

Now that Rep. Paul Ryan has joined Romney on the campaign trail, the Romney campaign’s motorcade has grown to its largest size yet. The fleet now includes two campaign buses, two press buses, multiple vans, a police escort, and several Secret Service SUVs.

The motorcade is making much better time along and I-64 and I-95 than most drivers, as police are clearing the left lane and blocking some entrance ramps in order to allow the campaign to pass.

By Ted Trautman  |  12:59 PM ET, 08/11/2012

 
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