Traffic pattern for the president

By Perry Russom

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 1:23 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A portion of the Vestal Parkway will be shut down for around 20 minutes in two intervals when President Barack Obama rolls into town.

The parkway will be shut down between Bunn Hill and Murray Hill roads when the he arrives and when he leaves.

Those are the two roads that hug the sides of Binghamton University's campus.

There are a few businesses that are along the parkway near BU, and Vestal Police are asking drivers to remember that they are private businesses, meaning those who choose to chance it, could be towed.

"To my understanding that UHS security is going to screen people to make sure that those people aren't just using their lot to park in," said Vestal Police Chief John Butler. "Obviously that is a private lot and they want that to be reserved to their patients."

Butler said he isn't sure how many people will come out to see the president, but he expects a big crowd.

The president will be traveling south on Interstate 81, but it hasn't been released which route in Vestal he will be taking.

Vestal police said the grassy areas along the parkway will be open for people to stand and watch the president's motorcade. But there won't be much parking.

Binghamton University's Police Chief Timothy Faughnan said those who want to see the president, but aren't affiliated with the university, should park off campus and walk to the university.

On campus, spikes were set up Thursday night marking where protesters will assemble.

Faughnan said some of the protesters will disperse throughout campus.

He said it still isn't clear where and how close these protesters will be able to get to the president. That will be decided early Friday morning.

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