Security is out in force today as local, state and federal law enforcement help manage President Barack Obama's visit to Boise State University.
Crews from the Ada County Highway District and Boise Police closed off a number of on-street parking spaces around the campus in anticipation of Obama's visit. Motorists are also being cautioned that they can expect delays Wednesday after on Broadway Avenue and possible delays on Capitol Boulevard.
A stretch of the Greenbelt on the south side of the Boise River, from Theater Lane to Broadway Bridge, will be closed to all traffic Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until the end of Obama's speech.
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Air Force One is slated to touch down at approximately 1:20 Wednesday afternoon at the Boise Airport.
The wife of a Boise pastor being held by Iranian authorities has confirmed that she'll get some face time with the President where she'll talk about her husband, Saeed Abedini, who has been held in an Iranian prison since September 2012. Additionally, she said supporters of her husband's cause will be outside the Caven-Williams Sports Complex, the scene of Obama's 3 p.m. speech, wearing yellow T-shirts that read "Save Saeed."
At approximately 1:45 p.m., the President is expected to spend some time with students at the New Product Development Lab at Boise State University's Micron Engineering Center. And then, he'll be whisked off to the Cave-Williams complex for his post-State of the Union message.
Attendees are being reminded that they'll be entering the complex through airport-like metal detectors. The speech is set to begin at 3 p.m., and Air Force One is scheduled for a wheels-up departure from Boise Airport at approximately 4:15 p.m., when he'll be travelling to Lawrence, Kansas for a rally on the campus of the University of Kansas.