(NECN: Justin Michaels) – Graduates of Worcester Technical High School in Massachusetts will have a special guest speaker for their graduation. President Barack Obama is set to deliver the school’s commencement address Wednesday.
The city of Worcester will have more than 250 police officers on duty for the three-hour presidential visit, at a cost of about $100,000.
The city released the six-mile motorcade route the president will travel from the airport to the DCU Center, hoping it will cut down on traffic problems.
Air Force One will land at Worcester Regional Airport at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. The presidential motorcade will take Pleasant Street east to Newton Square, then Highland Street into Lincoln Square, and then Major Taylor Boulevard until the motorcade reaches the DCU Center.
City crews spent Tuesday going down the motorcade route posting “no parking” signs and people in Worcester got to show up as a Secret Service practice run of the presidential motorcade ran the entire six-mile route.
About 5,600 tickets have been distributed for the event, which will be held in the main arena of the DCU Center.
The president will leave Worcester on board his Marine One helicopter to attend a 7 p.m. fundraiser in Weston and then head back to Worcester Regional Airport and depart at 8:20.