Expect traffic delays with Obama's Newport visit Friday
Taking one last trip before their baby is born in two weeks has suddenly become a little more complicated for Zouheir Tifak and his wife, Ania Wojciechowska.
The couple from Stoneham, Massachusetts decided to take an overnight trip to Newport. It wasn't until they arrived at their hotel that they learned there would be a special guest in town Friday - President Barack Obama.
"I was looking at the news. Then we heard that Obama's coming. That was surprising. It's nice," Tifak said.
Obama's visit will make getting around town a challenge for the couple.
By Thursday evening, Newport police had already posted "No Parking" signs.
From noon until 10 p.m. Friday, there will be no parking on Memorial Boulevard between Thames Street to Bellevue Avenue. Parking is also not allowed on Bellevue Avenue between Memorial Boulevard South and East Bowery Street.
Ocean Avenue will also be closed to parking between Winan and Carroll Avenues, since President Obama will be attending a fundraiser on Ocean Avenue, at a mansion listed for sale at $19 million.
"We're just going to roll with it," Nancy Speroni, who lives and works in one of the "No Parking" zones, said.
Speroni said she does not think the restricted parking will affect business at Bite Me Live Bait, her store.
"We get a lot of walking traffic anyway," she said.
Speroni told NBC 10 it was a small inconvenience, even over a holiday weekend.
"I can't think of a better reason than having the President come to your city," she said.
Tifak and Wojciechowska agreed.
"Hopefully, we might see Obama at some point. And [Tifak] looks like him too," Wojciechowska said, laughing.
Parking restrictions go into effect from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday:
No parking on Memorial Boulevard, from Thames Street to Bellevue Avenue
No parking on Bellevue Avenue, from Memorial Boulevard to East Bowery Street
No parking on Ocean Avenue between Carroll Avenue and Winans Avenue
Police said vehicles parked in those areas will be towed. Officers will be posted in the Ocean Avenue area to assist any residents needing to get in and out of the area.
Any questions can be directed to Newport Police Sgt. Christopher Hayes at 401-845-5717.