Getting Around Town on Inauguration Day
1/16/2013, 12:34 p.m.
Events and activities celebrating the Inauguration, a designated National Special Security Event, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 20 and Monday, Jan. 21. Access into Washington, D.C., will be limited on Inauguration Day. The following is a summary of routes and their status that day:
14th Street Bridge to 14th Street - All traffic will be diverted by the Metropolitan Police Department onto the Southeast/Southwest Freeway beginning at 5:30 a.m.
Roosevelt Bridge - Traffic coming across the Roosevelt Bridge will be diverted onto the northbound Potomac River Expressway to Pennsylvania Avenue or Whitehurst Freeway/K Street.
Memorial Bridge - Restricted to pedestrians and authorized vehicles only.
Key Bridge - Open to all traffic.
Chain Bridge - Open to all traffic.
South Capitol Street Bridge - Open to all traffic.
Southeast/Southwest Freeway - Open to all traffic.
Rock Creek Parkway - Open to traffic [holiday traffic schedule in effect throughout the park].
Clara Barton Parkway will operate under a holiday schedule [two-way traffic all day].
11th Street Bridges - Open to all traffic.
Sousa Bridge - Open to all traffic from east of the river to the security checkpoint at Capitol Hill.
East Capitol Street - Open to all traffic. Roadways near RFK Stadium are primary routes for charter tour bus operators.
Benning Road - Open to all traffic.
New York Avenue - Open to all traffic.
3rd Street Tunnel - Closed to all vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic.
Woodrow Wilson Bridge - Open to all traffic.
Washington, D.C. Vehicular Restrictions
Vehicular restrictions in Washington, D.C., will be instituted by the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police.
While the outer perimeter of the vehicle restricted zone will be open to traffic, drivers should expect delays. Drivers and passengers should be prepared to provide proof of residence, work identification or a reasonable verbal justification to enter the restricted area.
Inaugural event attendees are encouraged to use public transportation as many streets in and around the Capitol grounds and the National Mall area will be closed to private automobiles for much of the day.
Metrorail will operate rush hour service for 17 consecutive hours on Jan. 21, from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will operate on a non rush hour schedule until 2 a.m. During the rush hour service, Metro will charge peak fares. Due to security measures that will be in place, the Archives and Mt. Vernon Square stations on Metro's green and yellow lines and the Smithsonian station on the blue and orange lines, will be closed all day on Inauguration Day.
On Inauguration Day, Metrobus will operate on a weekday schedule with normal rush hour service in the morning, followed by an early rush hour in the afternoon. However, with street closures around the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue for the parade, all Metrobus routes near the National Mall will be subject to detours and delays. Bus riders are encouraged to visit http://www.wmata.com for details.
The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes to the National Mall.
H Street NW from 3rd Street NW to 18th Street NW
I Street NW from New York Avenue NW to 18th Street NW
18th Street from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
19th Street from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
Virginia Ave NW from 23rd Street to Constitution Avenue NW
Constitution Avenue NW from 23rd Street to 7th Street NW
Arlington Memorial Bridge from Virginia, around Lincoln Circle to Constitution
E Street NW from 3rd Street NW to Massachusetts Avenue NE to 2nd Street NE
2nd Street NE from Massachusetts Avenue NE to North Carolina Avenue SE to
New Jersey Avenue SE to I Street SE/SW to 7th Street SW
3rd Street NE from Massachusetts Avenue NE to D Street SE to North Carolina
Avenue SE to New Jersey Avenue SE to I Street SE/SW to 7th Street SW
East Capitol Street NE from 19th Street NE to North Carolina Avenue SE to New
Jersey Avenue SE to I Street SE/SW to 7th Street SW
7th Street SW from I Street SW to Independence Avenue SW
Independence Avenue SW from 23rd Street SW to 7th Street SW