Driving Tips to Avoid Nats Playoff Gridlock

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - An early afternoon start to the Nationals’ playoff game means the afternoon commute in Washington could be horrendous.

The roads surrounding Nationals Park have a high volume of traffic on non-baseball days. Adding more than 40,000 fans to the equation means a nightmare scenario drivers, pedestrians and the police trying to keep everyone moving.

Here are a few reminders for D.C. drivers:

  • Avoid roads surrounding the ballpark approximately two hours prior to first pitch.
  • Avoid roads surrounding the ballpark approx. two hours following the final out.

Road Operations Patrol will remain on standby throughout the day to clear disabled vehicles, and engineers will monitor traffic and remotely adjust signal timing in response to delays.

Employees with the option to vary their work schedule or have the ability to work from home are encouraged to do so.

Alternate Routes Near Nats Park

  • Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Benning Road
  • New York Avenue

After the Game

  • Simply tune into 106.7 The Fan, the flagship station of the Washington Nationals. This should be a good barometer for if it’s safe to drive past Nats Park.

Street Closures

  • N Street SE, from 1st Street to S. Capitol Street will be closed at 7:00 AM • Half Street SE from M Street to N Street, will be closed at 7:00 AM
  • Van Street SE, from M Street to N Street, will be closed at 7:00 AM and accessible to Taxis and stadium traffic.
  • 1st Street SE, from M Street south to Potomac Avenue will be closed at approximately 10:30 AM and accessible to stadium traffic only.
  • Potomac Avenue SE, from S. Capitol to 1st Street will be closed at approximately 10:30 AM and accessible to stadium traffic only
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