Marble baths and goose down duvets notwithstanding, President-elect Barack Obama and family’s move into the Hay Adams Hotel will pose other issues for area residents: parking restrictions and street closures.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has put the following limitations into effect, starting at 1 a.m. on Sunday, January 4 until midnight on January 15:
• 16th Street, NW, between I Street and H Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking will be restricted.
• Connecticut Avenue, NW, between I Street and H Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking will be restricted.
• H Street, NW, between 17th Street and Vermont Avenue, will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking will be restricted.
• Parking will be restricted on I Street, NW, between 14th and 17th Streets.
In addition, pedestrian access may be restricted on the streets listed above to provide for security and safety around the hotel during the upcoming first family’s stay.
Residents will have access to their homes and, after they are cleared through security checkpoints, delivery trucks will be permitted to make deliveries to businesses in the area.
Opened in 1928, the Hay Adams Hotel sits across Lafayette Square from the White House.