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Albemarle Police Prepare for Presidents' Visit

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President Barack Obama will travel to Monticello with France's president Francois Hollande as part of a state visit.

Schools are letting out early. UVA's basketball game is delayed. A traffic nightmare is expected.

The White House has not released a public schedule for the visit by the two presidents, but Albemarle County Police tell us there will be road closures between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday.

This is President Obama's fourth visit to the Charlottesville area.

The last time he was in town, police shut down the almost six mile stretch of Route 29 between the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport and the city.

This trip brings along President Francois Hollande of France.

Sources say the actual visit will last about 2 hours.

The presidents will arrive aboard Air Force One at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. An airport spokesman says passengers on late afternoon and evening flights should arrive early to beat the traffic congestion and prepare for minor delays due to ground stops during Air Force One’s landing and take-off.

The visit will affect school schedules Monday, as well. Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Schools are letting students out two hours early to get ahead of the traffic closures.

On Albemarle High School student hopes she can beat the traffic.

“I generally take the back route, and there’s a little bit of [Route] 29 but hopefully by that time we’ll be home,” Samantha Webster said.

Events have been rescheduled in anticipation of the frustration.

“I come to the UVA basketball games and so the game has been pushed back from 7 to 9 so that creates some inconvenience for us since we won’t be getting home until approximately 11:45,” said Jeff Early.

Michie Tavern is just down the road from Monticello where the two presidents will tour. They have a plan for any guests who may get stuck there by security closures.

“There would be worse places to spend an hour, so we'll just make our customers comfortable,” said Michie Tavern director of operations Sam Morris. “We're not sure when the road will be closed so I guess if the roads are closed late, then for the late-comers we'll let them know there's a possibility you know that the roads will close.”

A presidential visit comes with a cost to local taxpayers.

Albemarle police say they will have several extra officers on duty Monday directing traffic.

During the president's 2010 visit for a political rally, Albemarle Police ran up a $12,000 bill for the security.

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