Inauguration Brings Road Closures, Parking Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Presidential Inauguration will make driving around the nation’s capital tough and will bring many road closures and parking restrictions to areas near the National Mall.

As with many big events along the National Mall, most of the surrounding streets will be closed, some as early as 3 a.m. Thursday.

Some of the closures announced by the police department include:

  • 14th Street Bridge HOV (north and south) — Closed to all traffic
  • Memorial Bridge — Closed to all traffic. Pedestrians and emergency vehicles only
  • Third Street Tunnel — Closed to all traffic (Closure at 6 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20)
  • Ninth Street Tunnel — Closed to all traffic
  • 12th Street Tunnel — Closed to all traffic
  • E Street Tunnel — Closed to all traffic
  • Independence Avenue/Maine Avenue from 12th Street Southwest to Memorial Bridge — Closed to all traffic
  • Ohio Drive from Inlet Bridge to 23rd Street — Closed to all traffic
  • Ohio Drive from Independence Avenue to Rock Creek Parkway — Closed to all traffic

Some area have been designated red zones, which means only authorized vehicles will be allowed on those streets and any cars parked on them will be towed. The red zone areas will be in effect from noon on Wednesday Jan. 18 until Monday, Jan. 23.

Other neighborhoods in the area of downtown D.C. will be restricted to residents or businesses with what the police department is calling green zones.

There are also several events in the days leading up and after the inauguration which will result in road closures.

See a list of all road closures and restriction on the D.C. police department’s website.

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