MANOR, Texas (KXAN) - President Barack Obama's planned visit to Central Texas Thursday has some people expecting traffic headaches for the time he is here.
"The traffic with the construction (on Highway 290) is going to be bad enough," said Manor businessman Jim Brown. "But they're probably going to do like they did (in Austin in 2011); they just stop traffic and come on in."
Brown runs a heating and air conditioning shop on Manor's main street, not far from the New Tech High School the president is planning to visit Thursday. Brown pointed out the town of 5,000 has limited routes for outgoing traffic, noting FM 973 south toward Austin-Bergstrom International Airport could be blockaded.
"We've already instructed everybody, if you're going to leave Thursday try that route," Brown said. "If they have it blocked off for any reason, I don't know what we'll do."
The President's visit is likely to last just hours. But police at all levels are remaining tight-lipped about when the presidential motorcade will roll through, or which routes it could take to a second planned stop at Applied Materials in North Austin, before eventually back to ABIA and Air Force One.
Both publicized visits are well outside the Downtown Austin core and open only to the media.
"We're just part of the game," said Sgt. Ryan Phipps of Manor Police. "Everyone's mixed in, ready to do what they need to do."
All in all, Brown remained upbeat about the temporary traffic inconvenience and lack of firm information that will only likely come from authorities at the last moment over agency Facebook pages and text messaging services.
"I didn't get any flyers (from the Secret Service)," he joked. "It could be all jammed up in Manor. (But it's) not a bad place to get stuck in."
Manor residents can receive text message updates on the President's visit and related road closures by texting MANOR to 888777.
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