UPDATE 8/1/17 @ 11:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The city of Huntington has released some details on President Trump's visit to the city Thursday.
"Our focus over the past few days has been making sure that that visit runs as smoothly and as efficiently as possible," said Huntington Communications Director Bryan Chambers.
According to a release, roadways in the immediate vicinity of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena will close at noon Thursday. There will be additional road closures during the president’s visit.
Doors will open at the arena at 4 p.m. Thursday and the event will start at approximately 7 p.m.
The city is strongly encouraging people attending the rally to arrive as early as possible to avoid traffic and allow time for security screenings.
"Our general recommendation for attendees is to arrive early," Chambers said. "The downtown will be very congested. There will be several roadway closures."
The municipal parking garage at the southwest corner of 8th Street and 3rd Avenue and the two Pullman Square parking garages will be open and available for event parking.
However, people will be prohibited from using the parking garages as observation points.
"People will not be allowed to congregate within them and use them for observation points, you know, looking down on the arena," Chambers said.
The Pullman Square parking garage closest to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena will only be accessible from 9th Street via Veterans Memorial Boulevard until 4 p.m.
Vehicles will not be able to enter or exit this parking garage from 4 p.m. until after the event.
The Pullman Square parking garage farthest from the arena will be accessible from 10th Street or 9th Street via Veterans Memorial Boulevard until 4 p.m.
Harris Riverfront Park will not be available for event parking.
According to a release, people who need to get to Ohio on Thursday afternoon are strongly encouraged to use the 31st Street Bridge or the 17th Street West Bridge.
The city also says 3rd Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets will be closed beginning at noon Thursday and is being called a "First Amendment Area."
"What I do want to stress is that the city is not going to prohibit the expression of First Amendment rights in any area that is open and available to the general public," Chambers said. "There were several protesting groups that reached out to the police department earlier this week and asked, you know, within the parameters of downtown that will be open to the general public, is there a large area where they can congregate? So that is the area that the police department designated for them. Certainly that is not the only area where people can protest."
Vendors will also be allowed to sell items on the east side of 8th Street between 3rd and 4th avenues.
Vendors must have a state business registration certificate, pay $500 for a city business license, and post a $5,000 surety bond. City code enforcement officers will be inspecting vendors to ensure they are properly licensed.
The city released the following information about available parking:
MUNICIPAL PARKING GARAGE: The municipal parking garage at the southwest corner of 8th Street and 3rd Avenue will have an extremely limited number of spaces available. Motorists are advised to look elsewhere for a parking spot.
PULLMAN SQUARE PARKING GARAGES: The Pullman Square west garage (between 8th and 9th streets) will only be accessible from 9th Street via Veterans Memorial Boulevard and will only be open to the public until 4 p.m. At that time, no vehicles will be allowed to enter or exit the parking garage until after the event. The Pullman Square east garage (between 9th and 10th streets) will be open to the public all day Thursday. It will be accessible from 10th Street.
HARRIS RIVERFRONT PARK: Parking will not be available at Harris Riverfront Park.
SURFACE LOTS: Public surface lots are located on 10th Street between 3rd Avenue and Veterans Memorial Boulevard (next to Red Lobster), on 4th Avenue between 10th and 11th streets, and at the corner of 4th Avenue and 8th Street.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- President Donald Trump has announced he is coming to Huntington.
According to the Donald J. Trump website, President Trump will hold a rally on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
The rally will happen at 7 p.m.
We will carry the rally live on WSAZ.
WSAZ is working for more details.
Huntington Mayor Steve Williams released the following statement Friday:
"We are honored to have the President of the United States as a guest of our city. We look forward to hear more of his vision to transform the economy of Appalachia."
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