Road Closures for March on Washington 50th Anniversary

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Several attractions and roads in downtown D.C. will be closed in anticipation of the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington.

The Metropolitan Police Department will close the following roads beginning at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday:

  • Arlington Memorial Circle will remain open, however, Arlington Memorial Bridge will be closed
  • F Street traffic will be allowed to access the northbound lanes of the Rock Creek Parkway to eastbound Virginia Avenue
  • Rock Creek Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Parkway Drive – It is recommended that drivers utilize Connecticut Avenue or 16th Street as an alternate route
  • Parkway Drive from Rock Creek Parkway to Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • Independence Avenue from 15th Street to 23rd Street
  • Ohio Drive from Inlet bridge to Parkway Drive, including the A, B and C parking lots
  • Theodore Roosevelt Bridge will remain open, however users of the Ohio Drive exit will be forced to U-turn north onto the Potomac Freeway
  • Maine Avenue from 15th Street to Independence Avenue, including Tidal Basin parking lot
  • North and Southbound lanes of 17th Street between Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue
  • Daniel French Drive
  • 23rd Street from Independence Ave to Constitution Ave
  • Henry Bacon Drive

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The Metropolitan Police Department will also be closing the following streets beginning at 3 a.m.; they are set to reopen by 6 p.m.:

  • Westbound ramp from I-395 to Maine Avenue SW; all traffic will be diverted to the 12th Street Tunnel
  • Ramp from 9th Street tunnel to westbound Maine Avenue SW; all traffic will be diverted to outbound I-395
  • 200 block Maiden Lane merge with Maine Avenue SW; all traffic will be diverted to northbound 14th Street SW
  • Southbound Potomac River Freeway and ramp to Independence Avenue; traffic will be diverted to the outbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
  • Ramp from eastbound Teddy Roosevelt Bridge to Independence Avenue NW

The following locations will be closed, starting at 4 a.m. until 4 p.m.:

  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • World War II Memorial
  • DC War Memorial
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