4 things to know ahead of President Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh
President Donald Trump will be in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to speak at the annual Shale Insight conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
It’s the president’s second trip to Western Pennsylvania this year and his third since taking office.
Here’s what you need to know about the president’s visit.
Pittsburgh police will close these streets around the convention center at 9 a.m.
• 10th Street Bypass from Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne bridge ramps to Fort Duquesne Boulevard.
• Fort Duquesne Boulevard from 10th Street Bypass to 11th Street.
• 11th Street from Fort Duquesne Boulevard to Smallman Street.
• 10th Street from Fort Duquesne Boulevard to French Street.
• Fort Duquesne Boulevard from the Rachel Carson Bridge to the 10th Street Bypass.
Police Chief Scott Schubert said to expect traffic congestion and suggested avoiding Downtown if possible. Pittsburgh Public Schools closed 12 schools Wednesday in anticipation of traffic disruptions; many students travel through Downtown on Port Authority buses. City Charter High School, located Downtown, will be closed as well.
Traffic on the Parkway West coming to and from the airport could be stopped to accommodate the presidential motorcade.
When will Trump speak?
The White House is often protective of the president’s schedule, but police said this week they expect Trump to arrive at around 2:30 p.m. The White House will live-stream Trump’s speech on its website. It is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
The speech is open to the public. People must register here and arrive at the convention center before 1:30 p.m. Doors open for the general public at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will enter through the 11th and Smallman Street checkpoint.
Why is Trump here?
The president is addressing the Shale Insight conference, a gathering of the natural gas industry from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Trump is expected to tout his administration’s “unwavering commitment to promoting domestic energy production and creating manufacturing jobs,” a White House official said. “By removing unnecessary permitting constraints and rolling back overreaching regulatory burdens, the president has led the United States to become the world’s leading oil and natural gas producer.”
Trump spoke at the conference in 2016 when he was running for president. He vowed to roll back regulations, speed up permits and welcome the construction of more pipelines. He said his energy plan would boost the country’s gross domestic product by $100 billion, create 500,000 jobs annually and generate trillions of dollars in new taxes over the next decades.
Past Trump visits
The president has been no stranger to Western Pennsylvania lately. Trump was last in the area in August when he toured Royal Dutch Shell’s ethane cracker plant under construction in Beaver County.
Trump was in Pittsburgh last October after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue.
He was in nearby Youngstown, Ohio, in 2017 for a victory rally months after he was elected and swung through Western Pennsylvania several times during the heat of the campaign.