State of the Union street closures and traffic impact

President Obama heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday night to deliver his State of the Union address. The speech is planned for 9 p.m., but street closures and restricted access to some areas will begin impacting you during the evening commute.

Expect the closures to cause congestion and slow traffic on surrounding streets. If you have to drive through any of these areas, try to do it early (before 6 p.m., if possible) in order to avoid traffic problems.

Accessing Capitol Square

Access to the Capitol complex will be restricted to credentialed and authorized pedestrians beginning at 6 p.m.

Street Closures:

The following streets will be closing at 7 p.m. (and they will reopen after the State of the Union event has wrapped up):

North Side of Capitol Square

• D Street between 2nd Street NE and Louisiana Avenue NW

• C Street between 2nd Street NE and Louisiana Avenue NW

• Constitution Avenue between 2nd Street NE and Louisiana Avenue NW

• Delaware Avenue between Columbus Circle and Constitution Avenue NE

• New Jersey Avenue between Louisiana Avenue NE and D Street, NE

• Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st and 3rd streets NW

• East Capitol Street between 2nd and 1st streets

• 1st Street between Columbus Circle NE and C Street SE

• 1st Street between Louisiana Avenue, NW and Washington Avenue, SW

South Side of Capitol Square

• Maryland Avenue, SW between 1st and 3rd streets SW

• Independence Avenue between 2nd Street SE and Washington Avenue, SW

• C Street between 1st Street SE and Washington Avenue SW

• Delaware Avenue between Washington Avenue SW and C Street SW

• New Jersey Avenue between Independence Avenue and D Street SE

• South Capitol Street between Independence Avenue and D Street

Tour Buses Rerouted

Tour buses will be rerouted from First Street to Third Street between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW for passenger drop-off and pick-up.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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