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Commuters can expect hellish downtown traffic on Thursday

Multiple roads around Target Center are closed for the president's rally.
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Workers in downtown Minneapolis can expect no shortage of problems when commuting on Thursday.

The Thursday evening appearance by President Donald Trump at Target Center has already seen roads around the arena closed to traffic.

That includes the closures of the heavily used exit from I-394 onto 6th Street North, along with two blocks of 1st Avenue between 6th and 8th streets, and five blocks of 2nd Avenue North between 5th and 10th Streets.

Sixth Street North is closed between 1st and 2nd Avenues, while 7th Street North will close between Hennepin and 10th, as well Twins Way between 7th and 10th.

What's more, access from I-394 to Ramps A and B is also restricted from 9 a.m. onwards, though you'll still be able to get in there before then.

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Though the route isn't made public prior to the event, you can also expect there to be periodic closures for the motorcades carrying the president and vice-president downtown for the 7 p.m. rally.

And that's not to mention the potential for road shutdowns associated with any of the protests that may unfold as the day goes on.

Either way, it'll likely mean a traffic headache for anyone who decides to take the car to work on Thursday, so it might be a day to consider taking the bus, light rail, or Northstar, or brave some possible rain and take a bike.

The president's visit also means fewer options for those who use bike or scooter shares, with all rental scooters not available throughout Minneapolis on Thursday, while Nice Ride docked and dockless bikes will also be unavailable near Target Center.

The Minneapolis Downtown Council told the Star Tribune that some businesses near the arena are planning to close for the day, and other close early ahead of the event.

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