Donald Trump to bring ‘USA Thank You Tour’ to Fayetteville today

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN/AP) – President-elect Donald J. Trump is bringing his “USA Thank You Tour 2016” to Fayetteville next Tuesday.

Trump is scheduled to speak at the Crown Coliseum at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 as part of his tour to thank supporters.

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Trump returned to his campaign roots on Dec. 1 in his first major public appearance since Election Day, resembling the pugnacious, brawling campaigner more than the traditional president-to-be as he held court in front of thousands of adoring fans — and even announced a Cabinet pick from the stage.

Trump’s first stop on this “Thank you” tour to salute his supporters was in Ohio and, ever the showman, he made the surprise announcement that he will be offering the post of Defense Secretary to retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis. Trump said he was supposed to unveil that Monday, so he jokingly warned the Cincinnati crowd to “not tell anyone.”

The raucous rallies during the Trump campaign road show often had the feel of a rock concert, and Thursday night in Cincinnati had all the hallmarks of a reunion tour: Trump took a veiled swipe at fellow Republicans.

He remembered his general election foe by joking, “We had fun fighting Hillary, didn’t we?” He boasted about size of his victory and repeatedly bashed the media.

Protesters briefly interrupted the proceedings. And the crowd chanted “Build the Wall” and “Lock Her Up.”

The doors to Trump’s Fayetteville rally will open at 4 p.m.

Below is traffic information provided by the Fayetteville Police Department:

TRAFFIC PLAN: Due to the large volume of patrons expected for the event, the following traffic and security plan will be implemented.

For patrons traveling northbound on Interstate 95 (Lumberton Area): Vehicles traveling northbound on Interstate 95 should take Exit 40 (I-95BUS N/US-301 N). Travel north on US-301 until directed by Fayetteville Police Department to turn RIGHT on to East Mountain Drive and will enter the complex via the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

For patrons traveling southbound on Interstate 95 (Dunn/Benson Area): Vehicles traveling southbound on Interstate 95 should take Exit 46B (NC-87N). Travel north on HWY 87 until Exit 100 – Owen Drive. Fayetteville Police Department will direct traffic to turn LEFT on to East Mountain Drive and use the entrance on the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

For patrons traveling southbound on US-301 (Eastover Area): Vehicles traveling southbound on US-301 should use HWY 87 south to Exit 100 – Owen Drive. Fayetteville Police Department will direct traffic to turn LEFT on to East Mountain Drive and use the entrance on the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

For patrons traveling northbound on US-301 (Grays Creek Area): Vehicles traveling northbound on US-301 will be directed by Fayetteville Police Department to turn RIGHT on to East Mountain Drive and will enter the complex via the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

For patrons traveling on MLK Freeway (North Fayetteville/Ramsey Street Area): Use Exit 100 – Owen Drive.  Fayetteville Police Department will direct traffic to turn LEFT on to East Mountain Drive and use the entrance on the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

For patrons traveling east on Owen Drive (Cross Creek Mall Area): Vehicles are to use both thru lanes to cross US-301.  Fayetteville Police Department will be directing traffic toward the facility. Vehicles will enter via the Owen Drive side of the Crown Complex.

For patrons traveling on All-American Expressway (Fort Bragg Area): Vehicles travelling on All American Expressway are to continue east onto Owen Drive.  Vehicles are to use both thru lanes to cross US-301.  Fayetteville Police Department will be directing traffic toward the facility. Vehicles will enter via the Owen Drive side of the Crown Complex.

 

Immediately following the event:

Patrons are asked to follow the direction of Crown Complex parking attendants and the Fayetteville Police Department to ensure a safe and speedy departure.

  • Traffic exiting on to Owen Drive will be directed toward either Business 95/Highway 301 or NC Highway 87. Signage will be used to direct traffic back into Fayetteville.

There are NO U-Turns allowed on this road.

  • Traffic directed on to East Mountain Drive will be allowed to continue to West Mountain Drive or turn Southbound onto Business 95/Highway 301.

No traffic will be allowed to turn Northbound onto Business 95/Highway 301 from East Mountain Drive.

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