HOUSTON - Houston city leaders and police are scrambling to get ready for President Donald Trump’s visit to Houston next week.
On Monday, President Trump will hold a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz. Big crowds are expected, as are traffic troubles and protests.
The rally was moved from the 8,000-seat NRG Arena to the 18,000-seat Toyota Center.
Police say organizers told them 70,000 tickets have been requested.
"We expect people to exercise their First Amendment rights in a lawful manner,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. “There is a very distinct line that is crossed between lawful first amendment protective activities which will facilitate and we will support."
Big delays on the roads are expected beginning early Monday morning. Closures begin at 5:30 a.m. Monday until 10:30 p.m. and include:
- Polk Street between Austin Street & Chartres Street
- Clay Street between Austin Street & Hamilton Street
- Bell Street between Austin Street & Chenevert Street
- La Branch Street between Dallas Street & Leeland Street
- Crawford Street between Dallas Street & Polk Street
- Jackson Street between Polk Street & Leeland Street
City officials suggest these detour routes:
Chartres Street northbound
Capitol Street westbound
Caroline Street southbound
Leeland Street eastbound
Ride-share drop-offs and pick-ups will be at Caroline Street and Leeland Street.
Everyone going inside Toyota Center will go through a security check. Police recommend those attending do not bring backpacks or purses. The line to enter the rally starts on Crawford Street at Dallas Street.
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