Biden’s visit will impact Wednesday’s traffic

Commuters advised to avoid area near Oregon Convention Center

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the minimum wage during a roundtable discussion with business leaders in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoNick Ut)
Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the minimum wage during a roundtable discussion with business leaders in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoNick Ut)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Portland police say Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the Rose City on Wednesday will likely cause some major traffic delays.

Biden will be in town Wednesday to host a rally at the Oregon Convention Center for Oregon US Sen. Jeff Merkley. Door open to the public at 1 p.m. Biden is expected to begin speaking at 3 p.m.

Authorities are warning commuters to expect traffic delays, including mass transit, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., especially in the area of the Oregon Convention Center. Drivers are encouraged to avoid that area, to park away from the area, to use mass transit and to exercise patience during the motorcades.

Meanwhile, the MAX Green, Blue and Red lines will not serve the Oregon Convention Center from about noon to 5 p.m.

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TriMet said that with NE 7th Avenue Station also closed, commuters should plan extra time to use either the Rose Quarter Transit Center or Lloyd Center/NE 11th Avenue Station.

Anyone attending the rally who plans to use the MAX should use the Rose Quarter Transit Center stops, a short distance from the Oregon Convention Center, TriMet said.

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