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What the Friday Obama Event Means for Traffic

What you need to know about President Barack Obama's appearance at GMU.

President Barack Obama will speak Friday morning at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Here's what to expect if you plan on going or just passing through.

Traffic and parking:

  • Try to avoid driving on Braddock Road and Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road/Ox Road) this morning. The event starts at around 10:45 a.m. but doors open at 8:30 a.m.
  • There will be free event parking in Lots A, K and L.
  • Additional parking will be available, for a fee, in the Shenandoah and Rappahannock River parking decks.
  • Mason Pond Drive and Mason Pond Parking Deck will be closed to parking and thru traffic from 11 p.m. Thursday to 2 p.m. Friday. 

For those who want to go:

  • You can bring your camera to the event, but try to keep belongings to a minimum. 
  • No signs or banners will be allowed inside the building.
  • Tickets are free on a first-come first-serve basis. You can pick them up at the Fairfax Obama campaign office at 11215-P Lee Highway (behind the Fairfax Centre shopping center).
  • Only two tickets allowed per customer. You must provide the name and contact information for the second person attending the event.

Information provided by George Mason University. Check Patch for live updates from the event.

Big Bird October 05, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Haven't you done enough damage Mr Obama, now you decided to completely mess up my morning commute too... At least we're at the end of an error with you.
Elizabeth October 05, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Thank you president Obama for coming to Fairfax I am happy to hear my president address his constituents . Your genuine efforts to better America are commendable.
LeeC October 05, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Traffic is gridlocked for miles around GMU right now. Stay away.
Watts October 05, 2012 at 08:47 PM
A lot of people thought that this week could have been the one-two punch that could really hurt Obama after the debate, but things just spun around again, as unemployment dropped below the always touted make it or break it point of 8%: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/jobs-news-makes-obamas-case-easier/#more-35589

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