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Security for Obama Speech Limits Campus Access

March 29, 2011 – Access to Georgetown’s campus will be limited on Wednesday morning due to the speech by President Barack Obama at McDonough Arena.

“We are working with law enforcement authorities to address logistical issues and minimize impacts, but employees should allow extra travel time for their morning commute,” explained Karen Frank, vice president for facilities and student housing. “Expect delays getting to campus and plan for the following between 6 a.m. and noon.”

Frank also said she expects traffic patterns will return to normal by the middle of the day on Wednesday.  

Before then, she urged that:

  • Drivers are encouraged to enter campus from Reservoir Road or Prospect St. Keep in mind that there is still no campus connection between Reservoir Road and Prospect St.
  • Only vehicles parking in the Southwest Garage will be permitted to enter the Canal Road entrance from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m.
  • The Southwest Garage will be open, but drivers should expect delays.   
  • Vehicles exiting the Southwest Garage between 6 a.m. and noon must exit at the north side of the garage to the North Road across from the athletic field.  You may then exit campus only via Prospect St.  If your normal exit is Canal Road, you must exit via Prospect St. 
  • GUTS buses will continue to run, but please expect delays.  The GUTS bus stop near the Jesuit Residence will be relocated to the corner of West Road and North Road until noon.  
  • Deliveries for O’Donovan and Wolfington halls may enter at Canal Road to their loading docks in the Southwest Garage.


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