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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Cherry blossom traffic pattern on Ohio Drive ends

The National Park Service has restored the two-way traffic pattern on Ohio Drive SW near the Tidal Basin.


(Nikki Kahn - THE WASHINGTON POST)
For the height of the cherry blossom bloom, the park service and park police had imposed a northbound-only pattern on Ohio Drive between Inlet Bridge and the intersection of Ohio Drive, 23rd Street and Independence Avenue.

Now that the blooming period around the Tidal Basin has passed, Ohio Drive has two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound.

The Cherry Blossom Festival itself is far from over. In fact, it’s extra long this year, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the cherry tree plantings. Many tourists are still in D.C. for festival events, some of which will create traffic issues and crowding.

Of particular note for this weekend is the Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run on Sunday morning.

Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. Sunday for people traveling to the run.

The race staging area is on the Washington Monument grounds. The 10-mile run starts and finishes on 15th Street at Jefferson Drive. (Start times are 7:20 and 7:30 a.m.) See a pdf map of the course.

The 5K Run-Walk starts and finishes on Independence Avenue about 200 yards west of the intersection of 15th and Independence Avenue. See a pdf map of the course. The start time is 8:40 a.m.

Road closings

2 to 11:30 a.m.: 15th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues.

5 to 10:30 a.m.: Independence Avenue SW between 14th and 23rd streets; Ohio Drive, 23rd Street to Virginia Avenue; Ohio Drive in East and West Potomac Parks; Memorial Bridge, along with Arlington Memorial Circle and Lincoln Memorial Circle; 23rd Street, Constitution Avenue to Lincoln Memorial Circle; 17th Street, Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue; Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Maine to Independence avenues; Daniel French Drive SW; Parkway Drive NW; Maine Avenue SW, 12th to 15th Street, where all traffic will be diverted to southbound Interstate 395. See a pdf map of the street closings.

With all those closings and with Metrorail opening two hours early, take the Blue or Orange lines to Smithsonian station and exit via the National Mall side.

Smithsonian can be crowded for big events like this, so if you’re up for a bit more walking, use L’Enfant Plaza on the Green, Yellow, Blue and Orange lines, or Metro Center on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

By  |  08:53 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Categories:  Events, Driving, District, Metro

 
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