Traffic and Perimeter Restrictions for Inauguration

I’m going to pass along, verbatim, a traffic advisory from Events DC (the District’s official events office) regarding the upcoming Inauguration activities:

TRAFFIC ADVISORY
Issued:  January 16, 2013

Details below are subject to change without notice as determined by U.S. Secret Service.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will be the site of two official inaugural balls on Monday, January 21, 2013.  As result, the area immediately surrounding the convention center up to about a two-block radius around the building will be a designated security perimeter overseen by U.S. Secret Service during the overall period from 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20 until the conclusion of inaugural activities at or around 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22.  Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and/or other law enforcement agencies will be posted at the secure perimeter.

The boundaries of the secured area will go into full effect at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, as follows:

North: O Street between 6th and 10th streets NW

South:  New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue NW between 6th and 10th streets

East:  6th Street between New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue and O Street NW*

West:  10th Street between New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue and O Street NW*

*6th and 10th streets NW will be open to thru traffic.

While details are continuously being updated as the inauguration approaches, the information below may be helpful to you:

Access to Designated Security Perimeter:

·   Pedestrians – Persons who reside or operate a business within the designated security perimeter must provide government issued identification (driver’s license), a utility bill, vehicle registration, or business license that displays the address inside of the restricted area.

·   Motorists – There will be NO vehicular access into the secure zone once the security perimeter goes into full effect (at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20).

Mt. Vernon/7th St-Convention Center station:  This station will be CLOSED from 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21 until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22.  During the hours of operationon January 21 (prior to closing), passengers may use stairs or elevators only to exit thestation.  Escalators will not be operational.

The Shaw/Howard University and Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stations will remain open.  For the most up to date information about Metrorail and Metrobus service, please visit the WMATA website at http://www.wmata.com/.

Parking / Vehicle Restricted Zone – Convention Center Area:    Extensive temporary road closures and vehicle restricted zones will be established throughout Washington, DC including the area surrounding the convention center.

Beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, areas around the convention center will be posted as Emergency No Parking.  These areas will be posted by law enforcement personnel from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18 until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22.  Vehicular traffic will be limited to residents with government issued identification (driver’s license) or vehicle registration showing residency inside the restricted area, or to vehicles conducting essential business within the restricted area.

No parking will be allowed on streets and alleys within the secured zone to include both sides of the street with the exception of vehicles in private garages, privately assigned parking spaces, and parking lots.  Once the security perimeter goes into full effect (at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20), there will be NO vehicular access into the secured zone until security restrictions are lifted.

From 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, vehicle restricted zones will be put in place at the following locations around the convention center and will be closed to vehicular traffic:

·         6th Street between New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place and O Street NW

·         10th Street between Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue and O Street NW

·         O Street between 6th and 10th streets NW

·        New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue between 6th and 9th Streets NW

Once the security perimeter goes into full effect (at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday,January 20) there will be NO vehicular access into the secure zone until security restrictions are lifted.

Road Closures – Convention Center Area:  All vehicular road closures in Washington, D.C. will be coordinated by District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and inquiries pertaining to road closures should be directed to DDOT at 202-671-3490.  Details will also be available online at inauguration.dc.gov and at www.secretservice.gov.

Temporary closures will be in effect and vehicular access will not be permitted at the following streets around the convention center:

Sunday, January 20 from 6:00 p.m. until Tuesday, January 22 at about 6:00 a.m.

–        L Street between 6th and 10th Streets NW

–        New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/ Massachusetts Avenue between 6th and 10th streets NW

–        6th Street between New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place and O Street NW

–        10th Street between Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue and O Street NW

–        O Street between 6th and 10th streets NW

–        New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue between 6th and 10th streets NW

Secured Area Entry Points – Pedestrians and Motorists:  Checkpoints will be located at the security perimeter at the following locations:

–       6th and K streets NW

–       6th and L streets NW

–       6th and M streets NW

–       9th and O streets NW

–       10th and L street NW

–       10th and M streets NW

–       10th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW

Vehicular Checkpoints and Vehicular Movement within the Security Perimeter:  Checkpoints will be located at the security perimeter, as follows:

–          6th and 10th streets at K Street NW

–          6th and 10th streets at L Street NW

–          6th and 10th streets at New York Avenue NW

Residents and business operators may not park vehicles within the security perimeter. However, once the security perimeter goes into full effect (at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20), there will be NO vehicular access into the secure zone until security restrictions are lifted.

Online Information

It is strongly recommended that you frequently monitor the websites listed below for additional inaugural-related information and updates:

·         DDOT – www.gettingthere.dc.gov

·         D.C. Presidential Inaugural Committee – www.inauguration.dc.gov

·         Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies –www.inaugural.senate.gov

·         Presidential Inaugural Committee – www.2013pic.org

·         United States Secret Service – www.secretservice.gov

·         Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority – www.wmata.com

Tourism Websites

·         Destination DC –

http://washington.org/topics/inauguration

·         Downtown Business Improvement District –

http://www.downtowndc.org/news/downtown_update_newsletter/item/181

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