Expect minor delays downtown ahead of VP’s visit to Madison

MADISON (WKOW) -- If you work or live downtown, expect brief road closures on Tuesday ahead of Vice President's visit to the capitol, according to Capitol Police.

Wisconsin Capitol Police are teaming up with local law enforcement to ensure Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Madison runs smoothly. They expect some road closures to occur around 11:15-11:30 a.m. prior to Pence's arrival at the statehouse.

Pence is expected to speak at an event celebrating Wisconsin’s school choice program. It's anticipated more than 700 supporters will attend and if disturbances occur, Capitol police said they’ll be prepared.

“If people disturb the event we will ask them to leave and we are prepared to deal with any disturbances that occur or threats,” said Sergeant Andrew Hyatt. “Generally we are very welcoming and expect to have both sides participating on the issue tomorrow.”

If you plan to attend Tuesday's event, police said be prepared to go through metal detectors and have your bags searched.

Magnetometer Checkpoint Prohibited Items

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Animals other than service/guide animals
  • Backpacks
  • Bags exceeding size restrictions
  • Bicycles
  • Balloons
  • Coolers
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Glass, thermal, or metal containers
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Packages
  • Selfie sticks
  • Structures
  • Signs exceeding the size restrictions (20' x 3' x 1/4")
  • Support for signs and placards
  • Toy guns
  • Explosives
  • Recreational motorized mobility devices
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards

Starting at 6 a.m. only employees and those who are directly associated with the event will be allowed into the building. It's open to the public at 8 a.m.

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