NBCWashington.com - Derrick Ward
With a street festival, a baseball game, and a parade, it was a very busy day in Downtown Washington. Derrick Ward reports.
A number of public events in D.C. Saturday has made life difficult for motorists trying to get around the area.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade closed Constitution Avenue NW between 7th Street and 23rd Street, NW; 7th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Independence Avenue; and Constitution Avenue between 6th Street, NW and 9th Street, NW. However, those streets have since reopened.
The following streets were closed Friday night to accommodate the Japanese Street Festival and are due to reopen at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday:
First Street, SE between L and K Streets will be closed until 9 p.m. Saturday for the Justin's Cafe Block Party, held in celebration of the return of Nationals baseball. In addition, motorists should expect heavy congestion in the area of Nationals Park both ahead of and following Saturday's 1:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves.
11th Street, SE will be closed between M and K Streets until 10 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday due to work on the ongoing 11th Street Bridge Project. The following detours are in effect.
Other events that have not caused street closures, but could result in heavy traffic include:
Traffic is also expected to be heavy Saturday evening in the area of the Verizon Center and RFK Stadium as both the Capitals and D.C. United are in action at 7 p.m. United take on the New York Red Bulls, while the Caps host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The District Department of Transportation has advised anyone coming into the city this weekend to strongly consider using public transportation.