What to Expect Downtown for Biden's Visit
Lynchburg, VA - In less than 24 hours, Vice President Joe Biden will be in Lynchburg.
Between road closures, no parking signs, and an early closing for the Community Market, there are lots of things that will make this Saturday a different one downtown.
Inside the Lynchburg City Armory, they're rolling out everything they need to host the vice president: risers for TV cameras and barricades to keep people back. But the orange cones and no parking signs are doing that same job outside on Church Street.
Lynchburg Police Captain Ryan Zuidema warns that people won't be able to part in the 1200 and the 1300 blocks of Church Street.
"Any vehicles in that area will be towed immediately at the owner's expense. So we just ask that they try and find a different location to park. That area needs to be clear of all vehicles starting at midnight tonight."
That area will be closed from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Downtown Y will close at noon, until then use Washington Street to get there.
The Community Market is also closing early.
"We are closing at 1:30. We all have to be away from the building at 2 o'clock, because security sweeps will happen at 2 o'clock," said Jennifer Kennedy, market manager.
Kennedy says the Harvest Festival will go on from 8 a.m. until noon, but to make way for limited handicapped parking for the Biden event...
"Half of the market lot will be closed, so we just want so we just want our customers to remember there are plenty of other alternatives."
There's free parking in the city's public decks and lots if you're going get here early.
Zuidema asks that people be patient while market vendors get out.
"Just have to do it quickly because 2 o'clock, we'll have to be out of here," said Kennedy.
You can still get tickets to see Biden until 9 p.m. Friday. You can get them at the Obama campaign office in Lynchburg on Lakeside Drive or the one on South Amherst Highway in Madison Heights. They're also available at the Democratic Headquarters inside The Galleria in Downtown Lynchburg.
ABC 13 will be live streaming Biden's speech Friday afternoon.