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TRAFFIC ALERT: Israel's Shimon Peres Visits Google Today

The Israeli president will meet privately with Sergey Brin as part of a series of meetings with CEOs of high tech companies during the dignitary's four-day visit to Silicon Valley.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Israel's Shimon Peres Visits Google Today

Expect evening traffic delays in Mountain View near both the southbound and northbound ramps of Rengstorff Avenue Wednesday.

will visit this afternoon for a tour of the campus and a private meeting with the company co-founder and president, Sergey Brin. Google has a research and development center in Israel and in December 2011 announced it will open an incubator for 20 startups each round.

This is the first visit an incumbent Israeli president has made to the Bay Area.

The details of Peres' visit to Google has been kept tightly under wraps. However, Bay City News reported that Peres would be at the Googleplex by 4:30 p.m.

The won't release any information "due to security concerns."

"It’s up to the Secret Service to release information about his visit," said Liz Wylie, a department spokeswoman. "Since the Secret Service hasn’t made his details public, we can not either."

Here's how the visit affects you:

  • Before Peres arrives in Mountain View, he'll speak at the Launch Conference in San Francisco until 12:15 p.m. He's been staying at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto and could make a stop there on the way back. 
  • Expect the president's motorcade to exit at Rengstorff Avenue, possibly between 4 and 4:30 p.m. If that's the case, at the time the motorcade arrives, both the north and southbound ramps on both sides of Highway 101 could be closed temporarily until the motorcade clears the overpass and heads toward Google. 
  • If you plan to head to Rengstorff Center to shop or the , expect to find some congestion until the ramps reopen.
  • When the motorcade crosses over into the North Bayshore neighborhood, if it stays on the main arteries–Charleston Road or even Amphitheatre Parkway (but likely Charleston Road)–vehicular traffic from the side streets will probably be stopped until the motorcade passes. Afterward, follow police instructions because they'll likely steer cars away from where President Peres and Brin will meet.
  • From the other side, vehicular traffic will probably only be allowed out of Google but not onto Charleston Road or Amphitheatre Parkway from Shoreline Boulevard.
  • After the meeting and tour have concluded, expect the motorcade to go back out Rengstorff Avenue.

Additional reporting by Bay City News.

Editor's Note: None of this has been confirmed and perhaps law enforcement would do the unexpected. But this is my most educated guess. I'm also not sure how this affect pedestrians or cyclists on colorful bikes (or otherwise). I'll find out as much as I can.

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