What to expect for Vice President Pence’s visit to Madison

Vice President Mike Pence will attend an event at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. — Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to downtown Madison is expected to bring some short-term changes to the Wisconsin State Capitol Building and surrounding area.

“There will be a couple of minimal impacts right before and right after the event, but other than that, you probably won’t notice anything,” State of Wisconsin Capitol Police Sgt. Andrew Hyatt said.

There will be road closures along the motorcade route. The Secret Service does not announce which roads, because it could compromise safety.

The East Washington Avenue entrance will open up at 6 a.m. for Capitol employees and event staff. The Wisconsin Avenue entrance will open up at 8 a.m. for event attendees.

Everyone will have to go through extra security, including metal detectors, bag checks and possibly a physical pat down.

Prohibited items include aerosols, ammunition, animals other than service or guide animals, backpacks, bags exceeding size restrictions, bicycles, balloons, coolers, drones and other unmanned aircraft systems, explosives, firearms, glass containers, thermal containers, metal containers, laser pointers, mace, pepper spray, packages, selfie sticks, structures, signs exceeding the size restrictions (20 feet x 3 feet x 1/4 inches), support for signs and placards, toy guns, explosives, recreational motorized mobility devices, weapons of any kind and any other items determined to be potential safety hazards.

The Secret Service is working with local agencies.

“You might see some more uniform presence out here. We are working closely with the secret service and our partners, other local agencies, such as the city of Madison Police Department, Dane County Sheriff’s department, UW Police Department and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to make this a safe and secure event,” Hyatt said.