UPDATES: President Trump arrives in Palm Beach with Japan’s prime minister

FINAL UPDATE: Traffic continues to clear from the area between Palm Beach International Airport and President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, after the presidential motorcade passed through during rush hour, backing up Interstate 95, Dixie Highway and Australian Avenue for about an hour.

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Trump is spending the weekend in Palm Beach with first lady Melania Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and first lady Akie Abe.

Stay with The Palm Beach Post throughout the weekend for more updates on Trump’s visit.

President Donald Trump arrives at Palm Beach International Airport on Air Force One Friday, February 10, 2016 accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister's wife Akie Abe. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald Trump arrives at Palm Beach International Airport on Air Force One Friday, February 10, 2016 accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

6:43 p.m. UPDATE: While Tri-Rail says a pair of its northbound trains are behind schedule because of President Donald Trump’s motorcade, vehicle traffic in the area is clearing out. Motorists can expect the usual Friday evening traffic through the area, with slowdown along Belvedere Road and on Interstate 95 near Southern Boulevard.

6:37 p.m. UPDATE: Tri-Rail just sent alerts reporting a northbound train is stopped at the Lake Worth station and running about 20 minutes late because of President Trump’s motorcade, and another northbound train is stopped at the Boynton Beach station and running about 10 minutes late getting to Lake Worth.

6:26 p.m. UPDATE: Shortly after arriving at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo showing him seated on Marine One with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as the pair left the White House for Joint Base Andrews to board Air Force One.

6:20 p.m. UPDATE: With President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Southern Boulevard and adjoining north-south roads have reopened. Traffic remains slow through the area, with backups on Interstate 95, Dixie Highway and Australian Avenue.

Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard to travel east or west, and Military Trail for north-south travel. Instead of Interstate 95, you may want to take Florida’s Turnpike.

6:13 p.m. UPDATE: President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her family arrived aboard Air Force One with the president and first lady to spend some time in Palm Beach.

6:10 p.m. UPDATE: President Trump’s motorcade has made its way down Southern Boulevard to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Roads are slowly beginning to open. Interstate 95 near Southern should open soon.

5:56 p.m. UPDATE: President Trump’s motorcade is on the move from Palm Beach International Airport to Mar-a-Lago, and roads in the area are closed.

Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard to travel east or west, and Military Trail for north-south travel. Instead of Interstate 95, you may want to take Florida’s Turnpike.

Here’s a look at the scene along the motorcade route:

5:42 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump has landed at Palm Beach International Airport aboard Air Force One for a weekend stay at his Mar-a-Lago Club with first lady Melania Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and first lady Akie Abe.

Southern Boulevard and adjoining north-south roads are closed for the presidential motorcade.

5:30 p.m. UPDATE: Drivers along Southern Boulevard are reporting slowdowns ahead of President Donald Trump’s arrival at Palm Beach International Airport. Both Google Maps and Waze are showing delays along Southern, Australian and Interstate 95.

5:10 p.m. UPDATE: Law enforcement officers are getting into position along the route President Donald Trump’s motorcade will take from Palm Beach International Airport to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

The presidential motorcade typically drives down Southern Boulevard to the estate, with the Secret Service ordering adjacent north-south roads closed until all vehicles in the motorcade have passed. That means Dixie Highway, Interstate 95 and Australian Avenue will be blocked for anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

People await the arrival of President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport on Air Force One Friday, February 10, 2016. He will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister's wife Akie Abe. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

People await the arrival of President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport on Air Force One Friday, February 10, 2016. He will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Trump is slated to arrive with the next 30 to 45 minutes.

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Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard to travel east or west, and Military Trail for north-south travel. Instead of Interstate 95, you may want to take Florida’s Turnpike.

5 p.m. UPDATE: Supporters of President Donald Trump are set up on Bingham Island next to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club to greet the president as he arrives for a weekend visit.

Read more about the scene at Bingham Island.

4:30 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump is expected to arrive aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport within the next hour or so.  Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Club with first lady Melania Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and first lady Akie Abe.

 

In the town of Palm Beach, the Secret Service and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office already have blocked off South Ocean Boulevard next to Mar-a-Lago. The security zone, which stretches from South County Road in the north to Southern Boulevard, is closed to all vehicles except those residents who live in that area and are carrying valid ID.

Already, commuters may see traffic tie-ups at the Royal Park and Flagler Memorial bridges between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, as many drivers are choosing to avoid the Southern Boulevard bridge next to Mar-a-Lago.

3:40 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have left Joint Base Andrews in Washington, D.C., aboard Air Force One with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and first lady Akie Abe. They’re scheduled to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 5:15 p.m.

The temperature in Washington, D.C.: 36 degrees. The temperature in West Palm Beach: 72 degrees.

EARLIER STORY: As President Donald Trump arrives in Palm Beach County for a weekend visit with Japan’s prime minister, commuters through central Palm Beach County can expect some pretty significant traffic slowdowns.

Air Force One is slated to touch down at Palm Beach International Airport sometime close to 5:15 p.m., according to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory. That puts the president’s motorcade on the road to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club during rush hour.

President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 3, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 3, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Check back for more traffic updates throughout the afternoon.

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