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Inaugural Weekend: DC Traffic & Parking Restrictions

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The fanfare for President Obama's second inauguration is expected to be far less than the first in January 2009. (Photo credit JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The fanfare for President Obama’s second inauguration is expected to be far less than the first in January 2009. (Photo credit JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Local law enforcement has announced the Joint Transportation Plan for the 57th Presidential Inauguration set to take over D.C. on Jan. 21.

While the day’s festivities are expected to bring hundreds of thousands of tourists into the area, security restrictions will limit the available roadways and parking spaces for the duration of the ceremonies.

The events surrounding Barack Obama’s 2nd Inaugural – set for a Monday – will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20, and extend into the following evening. While more closures may still be announced, a general outline for vehicular restricted zones, road closures, charter vehicles, public transportation and pedestrian routes has been released for the time being.

Access into D.C. will be limited on Monday, Jan. 21 from the following points:

  •  14th Street Bridge to 14th Street – All traffic will be diverted by MPD onto the Southeast/Southwest freeway beginning at 5:30 a.m.
  • Roosevelt Bridge – Traffic coming across the Roosevelt Bridge will be diverted into 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 operating under 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 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

Some areas – including residential – will be placed under vehicular restrictions. Drivers and passengers should be prepared to provide proof of residence, work identification or a reasonable verbal justification to enter a restricted area.

MetroAccess vehicles will be allowed to drop off/pick up passengers in restricted areas but are not permitted to park in any area designated ‘Emergency No Parking.’

Vehicles displaying Americans with Disabilities Act or handicap identification may access the vehicle restricted zone and may park in operating parking garages or lots, but not in ‘Emergency No Parking’ areas.

Vehicles transporting individuals with a medical emergency or accessing necessary medical care may also access the restricted area.

The following areas may be enforced as ‘Emergency No Parking’ areas beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 and lasting through 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 – with many parts blocked to vehicular traffic from 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Monday in between:

  • South of K Street NW from Washington Circle to 11th Street NW
  • Washington Circle from K Street NW to 23rd Street NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW from Washington Circle to the U.S. Capitol
  • I Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 11th Street NW
  • H Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • G Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • F Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • E Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • Virginia Avenue  from 23rd Street NW to 2nd Street SW
  • D Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 1st Street NW
  • C Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • Constitution Avenue from 23rd Street NW to 2nd Street NE
  • Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • Jefferson Drive SW from 15th Street SW to 3rd Street SW
  • Independence Avenue from 23rd Street SW to 2nd Street SE
  • C Street SW from 7th Street SW to 2nd Street SW
  • D Street SW from 7th Street SW to 2nd Street SW
  • E Street SW from 7th Street SW to 2nd Street SW
  • Maryland Avenue SW from 7th Street SW to the U.S. Capitol
  • 23rd Street from Washington Circle NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 22nd Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 21st Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 20th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 19th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 18th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 17th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Connecticut Avenue NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
  • 16th Street NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
  • Vermont Avenue NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
  • 15th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 14th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • New York Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 11th Street NW
  • 13th Street NW from K Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 12th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 11th Street NW from K Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 10th Street NW from H Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 9th Street from H Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 8th Street NW from H Street NW to D Street NW
  • 7th Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
  • 6th Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
  • 5th Street from H Street NW to D Street NW
  • 4th Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
  • 3rd Street from Massachusetts Avenue NW to E Street SW
  • Henry Bacon Drive NW from the Lincoln Memorial to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Daniel French Drive SW from the Lincoln Memorial to Independence Avenue SW

The following roads will be closed and off limits to vehicles without a law between 3 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to the U.S. Capitol
  • I Street NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
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