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SEOUL – President Obama’s visit to U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan on Thursday will impact normal daily operations.

Military community residents are advised to keep the following in mind:

Garrison access

* All gates will be manned for pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians will be allowed to enter the base but may not be allowed to leave if there are protests outside the gates.

* The following gates will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.: 1, 17, 19, 23, and 39.

* The following gates may close to vehicle traffic at any time due to security concerns, but will remain open to pedestrian traffic: 5, 7, 8, 10, 29, and 52.

* The following gates will remain open for vehicle traffic: 2, 20.

* Camp Kim should be avoided Thursday due to demonstrations expected in the area.

Parking restrictions

*There will be no parking from 9 a.m. to noon along the president’s motorcade route on X Corps Boulevard and 8th Army Drive. No-parking areas include Collier Field House, the Seoul American High School parking lot, some parking spots at the Dragon Hill Lodge, the Hartell House, the Main Post Club and the Moyer Recreation Center.

Service delays and closures

*The commissary and post exchange will open at 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

* All schools on Yongsan will be closed Thursday and Friday.

* Child, youth and school services and the Child Development Center will be closed on Thursday and reopen Friday with normal hours.

Transportation

* Road conditions in Seoul will be amber on Wednesday and red Thursday and Friday. Military vehicles other than those required for essential business are not allowed on highways during amber conditions. Military vehicles other than those required for emergency or essential business are prohibited from being driven without the permission of a commander during red conditions. Civilians are advised not to drive.

*All shuttle buses will be delayed until 1 p.m. Thursday. Taxis will be in operation but will be unable to travel across portions of the base.

*The Incheon Airport Shuttle will run as scheduled, except for the cancellation of the 10:30 a.m. bus on Thursday.

From staff reports

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