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Road Closures in Place for National Museum of African American History Grand Opening

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Road closures begin Friday night for the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. One thing is clear: If you're going to go, it's best to be on foot.

    Major traffic disruptions are expected to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, D.C. police said.

    The following closures will last from 7 p.m. Friday through about 10 p.m. Sunday:

    • 15th Street from Constitution Avenue N.W. to Maine Avenue S.W.
    • Madison Drive NW from Seventh Street N.W. to 15th Street N.W.
    • Jefferson Drive SW from Seventh Street S.W. to 15th Street S.W.
    The following changes will be in effect Saturday:
    • Constitution Avenue will be closed from 12th to 18th Street NW in both directions
      • All eastbound traffic will be diverted to northbound 18th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW
      • All westbound traffic will be diverted to northbound 12th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW
      • All southbound traffic on 17th Street NW will be diverted to westbound Constitution Avenue NW
    • The 12th Street tunnel will remain open during this time.
    • 15th Street will be closed from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maine Avenue SW
    • 14th Street will be closed from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
    • Access to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center will be available via 13 1/2 Street NW
    • Madison Drive NW will be closed from 7th to 15th Street NW
    • Jefferson Drive SW will be closed from 7th to 15th Street SW

    The following closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Sunday: 

    • Constitution Avenue will be closed from 14th to 18th Street NW in both directions
    • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maine Avenue SW
      • All eastbound traffic will be diverted to northbound 18th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW
      • All southbound traffic on 17th Street NW will be diverted to westbound Constitution Avenue NW

    In addition, D.C. police warn there will be no public or bus parking near the museum for the dedication ceremony.

    Drivers in the area may encounter delays and should consider alternative routes if possible, officials said.