Vice President Mike Pence was greeted Friday morning by Gov. Brian Kemp, first lady Marty Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Major Gen. Tom Carden.
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LIVE TRAFFIC: Heavy delays reported as Pence concludes trip, returns to Dobbins

UPDATE [2:42 p.m.]: Heavy delays are reported on the Perimeter as Vice President Mike Pence wraps up his second trip to Atlanta in a week.

Both I-75 and I-285 have reopened near the Cobb Cloverleaf, but traffic has come to a standstill on both directions of the Perimeter, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

Pence is heading back to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, but drivers traveling between Vinings and Sandy Springs are urged to wait until he arrives to avoid delays.


UPDATE [2:17 p.m.]: Authorities have closed several metro Atlanta interstates again as Vice President Mike Pence concludes his visit and returns to Dobbins Air Reserve Base. 

The Downtown Connector has reopened, but I-285 remains shut down in both directions in Cobb County as the vice president’s motorcade makes its way back to Air Force Two. I-75 North is blocked, too.


 

Heavy delays are expected. 

UPDATE [12:17 p.m.]: Roads have reopened after Vice President Mike Pence made his way to a meeting with small business leaders at an undisclosed location.

Delays are expected to improve on I-85 South, Ga. 400 South and I-75 South heading into town now that all are back open, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Traffic is moving again on the southbound Downtown Connector, too.


 

[12:06 p.m.]: Roads are closing as Vice President Mike Pence makes his way from the memorial service for Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias to a meeting with small business leaders at an undisclosed location.

I-85 South near Ga. 400, southbound I-75 south of Northside Drive and the southbound Downtown Connector before 17th Street are all shut down, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Southbound lanes of the Buford Spring Connector at I-85 are blocked, too.

“Expect delays into town,” the Traffic Center tweeted.


 

UPDATE [11:15 a.m.]: Surface streets in Buckhead are expected to reopen now that a memorial service for Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias is underway.

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Passion City Church to attend the private service, which began at 11 a.m.

After the service, Pence is scheduled to meet with small business leaders at an undisclosed location. Roadblocks are again expected as the vice presidential motorcade moves about the city.

UPDATE [10:50 a.m.]: Surface streets are closed in Buckhead ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival.

Piedmont Road is closed between Cheshire Bridge Road and Piedmont Circle, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Garson Drive is also expected to be shut down as Pence travels to a memorial service at Passion City Church.


 

UPDATE [10:40 a.m.]: All lanes of I-75 and I-285 in Cobb County have reopened after Vice President Mike Pence’s motorcade passed through.

Pence is traveling from Marietta to Buckhead on Friday morning to attend a memorial service for Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias. The Downtown Connector and the Buford Spring Connector remain closed but are expected to reopen shortly as Pence nears his destination, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center


 

UPDATE [10:15 a.m.]: Authorities have closed two major metro Atlanta interstates after Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival Friday morning.

Pence touched down at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta about 10 a.m. The southbound lanes of I-75 are now closed between South Marietta Parkway and the ramp to I-285 in advance of his motorcade, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 

All of I-285 is also blocked, and southbound traffic is being held before the entrance to the Buford Spring Connector, the Traffic Center reported. 


 

The roads are expected to reopen once the motorcade passes through. 

ORIGINAL STORY: The arrival of Vice President Mike Pence on Friday morning will trigger the closure of several Atlanta roadways.

Pence is scheduled to travel from Marietta to Buckhead to attend the memorial service of Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias. He is also expected to meet with small business owners to discuss America’s economic reopening before returning to Washington, D.C. 

It will be the second time Pence has visited Atlanta in one week.

RELATED: Pence returns to Atlanta for second Friday in a row

Roads will close as the vice presidential motorcade moves about the city Friday, beginning with I-75 in Cobb County. Air Force Two is expected to touch down at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta about 10 a.m. 

Drivers can expect rolling road closures as the motorcade travels from Marietta to Passion City Church in Buckhead for the memorial service, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. The service is not open to the public and will be streamed live online.

MORE: Memorial service for Ravi Zacharias to be livestreamed on May 29

The exact route the vice president will take is unknown, but there could be closures along I-75, I-285 and Ga. 400, as well as surface streets near the church on Garson Drive.

The location of the meeting with small business owners has not been disclosed. Pence’s office said Thursday that the vice president was expected to leave Atlanta on Friday evening.

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