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Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Get ready for evening commute headaches near Constitution Hall and Metro Center

3:40 P.M. Update:

The District Department of Transportation just sent out this list of road closures. These closures are currently in place and should remain until midnight. These streets will be closed to pedestrians between 4 and 11 p.m.:

— Virginia Avenue NW between 18th and 19th streets NW

— C Street between 17th and 18th streets NW

— D Street between 17th and 18th streets NW

— 18th Street between Virginia and E streets NW

Original Post:

Commuters should anticipate issues during the Tuesday evening rush hour due to a pair of events in Northwest Washington.

The first event is the latest debate for the Republican presidential candidates. They will gather at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall (1776 D. Street NW) for a debate from 8 to 10 p.m.

Drivers should expect lane restrictions or closures on Constitution and Virginia avenues and 18th Street, according to the District Department of Transportation. They also warned to expect lane restrictions or closures on any other surrounding streets, which includes D and 17th streets.

These restrictions could begin during the day and last into the evening, so your best bet is to avoid the area immediately surrounding the debate. Even after the debate wraps up, watch out for post-debate congestion caused by candidates, entourages, pundits and news organizations clearing out of the venue.

OmniRide passengers who hop on that service near the State Department should also take note of a detour in place for all routes serving that area. The stop on 18th Street before F Street will be missed. The alternate route suggested for OmniRide passengers is on 18th Street before G Street (at a Metrobus stop).

The event, which is hosted by CNN as well as conservative think tanks the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation, will be the 11th debate for the GOP candidates.

Travelers in the vicinity of Metro Center should also expect some headaches: A holiday window unveiling at the Metro Center Macy’s (1201 G. St. NW) will cause G Street to be closed between 12th and 13th streets NW. The block will be closed between 4 and 6:30 p.m., according to the District Department of Transportation. Try to avoid this area, because it should cause traffic problems.

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