Pence visit to affect Portsmouth parking, traffic Monday

PORTSMOUTH � A campaign stop by Vice President Michael Pence Monday, to accept an endorsement from the New England Police Benevolent Association, will have traffic impacts in the city, police announced.�

Pence is scheduled to accept the endorsement at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel and police said the visit will impact traffic and parking around Market, Deer, Russell and Green streets. According to a White House advisory, Pence will fly into the Pease Air National Guard Base 157th Air Refueling Wing aboard Air Force Two and is scheduled to land at 1:10 p.m.

In an announcement Friday, police Capt. Michael Maloney said there will be no parking on both sides of Market Street, between Deer and Russell streets, as well as no parking on Russell Street, from Deer to Market Street. Parking will be limited on Deer Street, Maloney said.

Market Street, between Deer and Russell streets, will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. Police said the Isles of Shoals parking lot on Market Street will be closed during these hours. Those with parking passes for that lot are welcome to use the Foundry Place garage on Bridge Street at no charge, police said. Those pass holders are advised to display their parking tags.

Portsmouth Public Works and the Parking Division will be using signboards and other visible “no parking” notices in applicable areas to notify the public of parking restrictions, Maloney announced. Traffic impacts are expected to be from Monday morning until 4 p.m. and motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes, he said.

Pence is expected to accept the New England-wide police union�s endorsement of Donald Trump for president, at the 250 Market St. hotel, with hundreds of police officers in attendance, NEPBA Executive Director Jerry Flynn told the Portsmouth Herald earlier this week. It’s the same location where the NEPBA endorsed then-candidate Trump four years ago.

Flynn, a Hampton resident, said the police union was the first labor union in the country to endorse Trump for president. He said the 200 to 300 officers expected to attend Monday�s endorsement event will be from all the New England states and plan to attend a re-election rally for Trump in Manchester later that evening.

�He has fulfilled his promises to us,� Flynn said. �He is an advocate for law enforcement and the prior administration was anti-police. President Trump and Vice President Pence are real stalwarts for law enforcement.�

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