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Road closures: Trump rally, Juneteenth events lead to traffic changes

Posted at 9:14 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 15:44:55-04

TULSA, Okla. — Authorities are implementing extensive traffic plans for Juneteenth and President Donald Trump's campaign rally in downtown Tulsa this weekend.

The Juneteenth event, "I, too, am America: Juneteenth for Justice" will take place on Friday, June 19 at 11 a.m. in the field next to the Vernon AME Church in the Greenwood District.

READ MORE: Historic Greenwood District preparing for big Juneteenth celebration

The "Make America Great Again" rally is set to take place Saturday, June 20 at the BOK Center with overflow audiences going to the Cox Convention Center.

READ MORE: Preparations underway for Trump rally in Tulsa

The public should expect multiple road closures, possible highway closures and difficulty parking, according to the Tulsa Police Department.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said the eyes of the world will be on Tulsa this weekend, and TPD is ready.

Franklin said the rally is nothing new for the city of Tulsa and the Tulsa Police Department.

TPD has received support from different state and local agencies, like Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and has been working closely with the U.S. Secret Service and their federal partners.

On Thursday, Gov. Stitt activated 250 Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen to provide assistance to local law enforcement over the weekend.

Franklin said Tulsans should expect areas around the BOK Center to be closed. If anyone works or lives in the downtown Tulsa area, they should expect delays.

As the rally approaches, Franklin said Tulsa police and the city of Tulsa will release more information about road closures on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Tulsa Police Department's goal is to keep everyone safe, Franklin said. He added that TPD wants to allow people to peacefully protest and allow their expressions to be heard as well.

“I'm the Chief of Police for the Tulsa Police Department, and I protect every citizen," Franklin said. "I don't care what color you look like. I don't care your political affiliation, sexual preference. I don't care. We are going to protect all of the people coming to our city, and do that in a professional way.”

Tulsa police said they are are expecting visitors from across the country and worldwide, including Australia.

An interactive traffic flow map is being provided by the city with more details to help the community navigate the road closures.

The interactive map allows people to click on specific areas for more detailed information.

To access the Interactive Traffic Flow Map for this weekend's events, click here.

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