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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizona Department of Transportation cleared Interstate 19 for operation this afternoon following Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Green Valley early today.

Pence’s s scheduled visit to Green Valley shut down the entirety of Interstate 19 from Valencia Road down to Duval Mine Road.

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Posted by KOLD News 13 on Thursday, October 3, 2019

Pence arrived in Tucson shortly before noon on Thursday, Oct. 3.

He shook hands with a group of onlookers on the tarmac at Tucson International Airport’s executive terminal before leaving for Green Valley, where he spoke about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement at Caterpillar’s Tinaja Hills Training Center.

Pence was in Scottsdale early Thursday for a roundtable discussion with Hispanic leaders.

The Sahuarita Police Department said I-19 will be closed in both directions from Valencia Road to south of Duval Mine Road for Pence’s visit. Times of the closure are tentative, but police say it could last to 3 p.m.

The vice president arrived in Arizona on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to celebrate Sen. Martha McSally in Phoenix.

The last time Pence visited Arizona was in April to rally support for President Donald Trump’s border wall emergency declaration. He called for McSally and Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to support the declaration.

While McSally supported the action, Sinema backed the House-approved measure to oppose the declaration.

Pence will return to Washington from Tucson Thursday evening.

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