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Posted at 06:12 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Emancipation Day: Rush hour traffic rules in effect, some parking restrictions lifted for holiday

8:35 A.M. Update:

It’s Emancipation Day, but in a change from previous years, the District will still maintain the rush hour traffic rules. That means you should expect the typical reversible lanes on Connecticut Avenue NW between Legation Street and Woodley Road; on 16th Street NW between Arkansas Avenue and Irving Street; on Canal Road between Chain Bridge and Foxhall Road, and on Independence Avenue between Fourth Street SW and Second Street SE. (The National Park Service also will maintain the normal rush-hour pattern on Rock Creek Parkway.)

The National Park Service also will maintain the usual rush-hour pattern on Rock Creek Parkway.

The District’s rush-hour parking restrictions will be enforced from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 4 to 6:30 pm. But the DC. Department of Public Works won’t enforce expired parking meters, residential parking restrictions or street sweeping restrictions. The one exception: The Nationals play at home today, so parking enforcement will occur in the neighborhood around the ballpark.

Metro will have normal weekday rail and bus service today. D.C. public schools will be closed, so school buses will be canceled and commuters should expect less traffic around schools, but other bus routes will be on their normal schedules.

For later in the day, there will be other traffic issues due to the holiday. As Dr. Gridlock warned last week, the Emancipation Day Parade later this morning (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) could have the biggest impact on bus service. The parade will be on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets. Due to the parade, Pennsylvania Avenue NW and surrounding streets will be closed between 3rd and 14th Streets NW from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There’s also a festival scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Freedom Plaza (on E Street NW between 13th and 14th streets).

The following streets will be closed between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. for the parade and festival:

• Constitution Avenue NW and the surrounding streets between Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

• Pennsylvania Avenue NW and the surrounding streets between 12th and 14th streets NW.

• E Street NW between 13th and 14th streets NW.

• 12th Street NW between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

The fireworks display will close 12th Street NW between E Street and Constitution Avenue from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

8:30 A.M. Update:

There’s still debris in the outer loop of the Beltway at the Baltimore Avenue exit, so watch for potential delays.

The disabled vehicle on the Beltway between University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue has been cleared.

8:15 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the Beltway between University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue could cause issues there, but it’s unknown right now which direction this will impact.

7:55 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-95 North at the Springfield Interchange is blocking the left shoulder.

There’s debris in the outer loop of the Beltway at the Baltimore Avenue exit. Watch for potential delays.

7:30 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway after G.W. Parkway has been cleared from the left shoulder.

7:15 A.M. Update:

Remember: Service changes go into effect for four ART routes (42, 52, 75 and 77) beginning today.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway after G.W. Parkway is blocking the left shoulder.

7 A.M. Update:

The inner loop of the Beltway is pretty congested around Gallows Road right now.

6:45 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road has been cleared from the right shoulder.

6:25 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road is blocking the right shoulder.

Police acticity at 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW could cause delays for Metrobuses on routes 16F, 52, V7 and V9.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help. If you hear about any congestion, delays, problems or anything at all, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

The week kicks off with warm, breezy temperatures, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

It’s Emancipation Day, but in a change from previous years, the District will still maintain the rush hour traffic rules. That means you should expect the typical reversible lanes on Connecticut Avenue NW between Legation Street and Woodley Road; on 16th Street NW between Arkansas Avenue and Irving Street; on Canal Road between Chain Bridge and Foxhall Road, and on Independence Avenue between Fourth Street SW and Second Street SE. (The National Park Service also will maintain the normal rush-hour pattern on Rock Creek Parkway.)

The National Park Service also will maintain the usual rush-hour pattern on Rock Creek Parkway.

The District’s rush-hour parking restrictions will be enforced from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 4 to 6:30 pm. But the DC. Department of Public Works won’t enforce expired parking meters, residential parking restrictions or street sweeping restrictions. The one exception: The Nationals play at home today, so parking enforcement will occur in the neighborhood around the ballpark.

Metro will have normal weekday rail and bus service today. D.C. public schools will be closed, so school buses will be canceled and commuters should expect less traffic around schools, but other bus routes will be on their normal schedules.

For later in the day, there will be other traffic issues due to the holiday. As Dr. Gridlock warned last week, the Emancipation Day Parade later this morning (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) could have the biggest impact on bus service. The parade will be on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets. Due to the parade, Pennsylvania Avenue NW and surrounding streets will be closed between 3rd and 14th Streets NW from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There’s also a festival scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Freedom Plaza (on E Street NW between 13th and 14th streets).

The following streets will be closed between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. for the parade and festival:

• Constitution Avenue NW and the surrounding streets between Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

• Pennsylvania Avenue NW and the surrounding streets between 12th and 14th streets NW.

• E Street NW between 13th and 14th streets NW.

• 12th Street NW between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

The fireworks display will close 12th Street NW between E Street and Constitution Avenue from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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By  |  06:12 AM ET, 04/16/2012

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