Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Alton on Tuesday for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, but those most impacted by the visit will remember the traffic. Motorists who needed to get into or out of the Riverbend faced roadblocks or detours and in some cases just had to sit and wait for the motorcade as the VP traveled to St. Louis and back Tuesday afternoon.
The Vice President arrived at St. Louis Regional Airport around 2pm and the motorcade took him to the Gateway Arch for a construction update. He then traveled to Alton in the late afternoon for a stop at the Simmons Firm, then later to the Simmons residence for fund-raising events for Senator Durbin. Motorists on Route 3, the Clark Bridge, and through parts of downtown and north Alton were impacted by the visit as streets were temporarily closed while the vice president’s entourage was in town. Some drivers reported waiting from several minutes to more than an hour, depending on the time of day. Others took the opportunity to visit St. Louis Regional to catch a glimpse of the extra aircraft parked on the tarmac. Following the fund-raiser last evening, where donors paid a minimum of $1,000 to attend a portion of the event and reportedly up to $35,000, Mr. Biden returned to Washington.