Take a deep breath, your commute on Monday may take a while.
Two events on either end of the District will conspire to slow you down.
The Maryland Transit Authority is warning its riders to brace themselves for heavy crowds because of the March for Life Rally on Monday. MARC and MTA trains are both expected to carry increased numbers.
The march itself will shut down roads downtown and then up to Capitol Hill. Seventh street between the Verizon Center and the National Mall will be closed to vehicles at 11 a.m. Marchers will then proceed up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court around 1:30 p.m.
Near Alexandria, scheduled construction on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge will cause lane closures.
From Monday through Friday, the Telegraph Road exit ramp from the inner loop of the Beltway will be closed at 9:30 a.m. The exit will reopen at 3 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, and at 12 noon on Friday. Lanes of I-495, Telegraph Road, and Huntington Avenue will be closed throughout the week.
Transportation officials advise anyone that can to avoid the area altogether.