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Road closures for presidential debate

Nassau County police are advising motorists to expect traffic delays Tuesday around the Nassau Hub in advance of the presidential debate at Hofstra University.

The debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, but road closures around the university will begin 15 hours earlier.

For example, Earl Ovington Boulevard will be closed to all traffic between Hempstead Turnpike and Charles Lindberg Boulevard from 6 a.m. to midnight.

In addition, no commercial traffic will be allowed onto Hempstead Turnpike, between Oak Street and Merrick Avenue, from 6 a.m. to midnight. Westbound traffic will be diverted at Merrick Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike while motorists traveling eastbound will be diverted at Oak Street and Hempstead Turnpike, police said.

All lanes of Hempstead Turnpike will remain open to passenger vehicles, but motorists should expect periodic delays throughout the day, particularly in the vicinity of university's main entrance and near the Nassau Coliseum, police said. The department is advising motorists to use alternative routes or to avoid the area altogether on Tuesday.

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