Inauguration street closures in and around D.C.

January 7, 2013

As expected, the presidential inauguration Jan. 21 will shut down a large number of roads and bridges in and around Washington. 

Drivers heading into the District need to be prepared for several major detours and closures. Traffic will be diverted from the 14th Street and Roosevelt bridges, while the Memorial Bridge will only be accessible for pedestrians and authorized vehicles. The Key, Chain, South Capitol Street and 11th Street bridges will all remain open. 

Law enforcement and transportation officials announced the street closures Monday afternoon, warning drivers to expect delays all around the area with vehicle restrictions. 

The following routes into the District will be partially or fully closed: 

  • 14th Street Bridge (traffic heading to 14th Street will be diverted onto the Southeast-Southwest Freeway beginning at 5:30 a.m.)
  • Roosevelt Bridge (traffic will be diverted onto the northbound Potomac River Expressway to Pennsylvania Avenue or the Whitehurst Freeway/K Street)
  • Memorial Bridge (pedestrians/authorized vehicles only)
  • Third Street Tunnel (closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic)

The following arteries will be open:

  • Key Bridge
  • Chain Bridge
  • South Capitol Street Bridge
  • Southeast-Southwest Freeway
  • Rock Creek Parkway (a holiday traffic schedule will be in effect)
  • Clara Barton Parkway (a holiday traffic schedule will be in effect, which means two-way traffic all day)
  • 11th Street Bridges
  • Sousa Bridge (open to all traffic east of the river to the security checkpoint at Capitol Hill)
  • East Capitol Street (open to all traffic)
  • Benning Road
  • New York Avenue
  • Woodrow Wilson Bridge

There will also be a large number of street closures in the District. The following streets will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, from 3 a.m. to 7 p.m.: 

  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to the U.S. Capitol 
  • I Street NW from 18th to 12th streets NW 
  • H Street NW from 18th to 12th streets NW 
  • G Street NW from 18th to 12th streets NW 
  • F Street NW from 18th to 12th streets NW 
  • E Street NW from 18th to Sixth streets NW 
  • D Street NW from 18th to Sixth streets NW 
  • C Street from 18th Street NW to Second Street NE 
  • Constitution Avenue from 17th Street NW to Second Street NE 
  • Madison Drive NW from 15th to Third streets NW 
  • Jefferson Drive SW from 15th  to Third streets SW 
  • Independence Avenue from 14th Street SW to Second Street NE 
  • Maryland Avenue SW from Sixth Street SW to the U.S. Capitol 
  • 17th Street from I Street NW to Independence Avenue SW 
  • Connecticut Avenue NW from I Street NW to H Street NW 
  • 16th Street NW from I Street NW to H Street NW 
  • Vermont Avenue NW from I Street NW to H Street NW 
  • 15th Street from I Street NW to Independence Avenue SW 
  • 14th Street from I Street NW to Independence Avenue SW 
  • New York Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW 
  • 13th Street NW from I Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW 
  • 12th Street from F Street NW to Independence Avenue SW 
  • 11th Street NW from F Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW 
  • 10th Street NW from F Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW 
  • Ninth Street from F Street NW to Independence Avenue SW Eighth Street NW from F Street NW to D Street NW
  • Seventh Street from F Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Sixth Street from F Street NW to Maryland Avenue SW
  • Fifth Street from D Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Fourth Street from D Street NW to Independence Avenue SW 
  • Third Street from D Street NW to Independence Avenue SW

A bevy of streets around Capitol Hill will close Monday, Jan. 21, at 3 a.m.; they should reopen once the parade ends about 5 p.m.:

  • Louisiana Avenue NE between Columbus Circle and Constitution Avenue NW 
  • Delaware Avenue NE between Columbus Circle and D Street NE 
  • First Street between Columbus Circle and D Street SE 
  • North Capitol Street between E Street NW and Louisiana Avenue NE 
  • New Jersey Avenue NW between D Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW 
  • D Street between New Jersey Avenue NW and Second Street NE 
  • First Street between D Street NW and Washington Avenue SW 
  • C Street NW between Second Street NW and New Jersey Avenue NW 
  • Second Street NW between C Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW 
  • Second Street NE between Massachusetts Avenue NE and C Street SE 
  • C Street SE between Second Street SE and First Street SW 
  • D Street between First Street SE and Washington Avenue SW
  • Washington Avenue SW between South Capitol Street and Independence Avenue SW
  • Independence Avenue between Second Street SE and Third Street SW
  • Third Street between E Street SW and D Street NW
  • Constitution Avenue between Second Street NE and Third Street NW
  • Maryland Avenue NE between First Street NE and Second Street NE
  • East Capitol Street between First Street NE and Second Street NE
  • Second Street SW between Washington Avenue SW and E Street SW
  • C Street SW between Third Street SW and Washington Avenue SW
  • D Street SW between Third Street SW and Second Street SW
  • South Capitol Street between E Street SW and D Street SW
  • I-295 South on-ramp from Washington Avenue SW
  • I-395 North off-ramp onto Washington Avenue SW
  • I-395 North off-ramp onto C Street NW
  • I-395 South on-ramp from Second Street SW
  • I-395 South off-ramp onto Second Street SW
  • I-395 North on-ramp from Washington Avenue SW
  • I-295 North off-ramp onto Washington Avenue SW

The following roads may be closed to parking from Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7 a.m. through Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 a.m. Vehicular traffic on these roads will also be limited Monday, Jan. 21, from 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

  • South of K Street NW from Washington Circle to 11th Street NW
  • Washington Circle from K Street NW to 23rd Street NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW from Washington Circle to the U.S. Capitol
  • I Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 11th Street NW
  • H Street NW from 23rd Street NW to Third Street NW
  • G Street NW from 23rd Street NW to Third Street NW
  • F Street NW from 23rd Street NW to Third Street NW
  • E Street NW from 23rd Street NW to Third Street NW
  • Virginia Avenue from 23rd Street NW to Second Street SW
  • D Street NW from 23rd Street NW to First Street NW
  • C Street NW from 23rd Street NW to Third Street NW
  • Constitution Avenue from 23rd Street NW to Second Street NE
  • Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to Third Street NW
  • Jefferson Drive SW from 15th Street SW to Third Street SW
  • Independence Avenue from 23rd Street SW to Second Street SE
  • C Street SW from Seventh Street SW to Second Street SW
  • D Street SW from Seventh Street SW to Second Street SW
  • E Street SW from Seventh Street SW to Second Street SW
  • Maryland Avenue SW from Seventh Street SW to the U.S. Capitol
  • 23rd Street from Washington Circle NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 22nd Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 21st Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 20th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 19th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 18th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 17th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Connecticut Avenue NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
  • 16th Street NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
  • Vermont Avenue NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
  • 15th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 14th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • New York Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 11th Street NW
  • 13th Street NW from K Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 12th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 11th Street NW from K Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 10th Street NW from H Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Ninth Street from H Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Eighth Street NW from H Street NW to D Street NW
  • Seventh Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
  • Sixth Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
  • Fifth Street from H Street NW to D Street NW
  • Fourth Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
  • Third Street from Massachusetts Avenue NW to E Street SW
  • Henry Bacon Drive NW from the Lincoln Memorial to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Daniel French Drive SW from the Lincoln Memorial to Independence Avenue SW

In Virginia, the I-395 northbound HOV lanes will close Monday, Jan. 21, at 9 a.m. The lanes will reopen to southbound traffic at the end of the inaugural address. The main lanes on I-395 and I-66 will remain open. 

There are no anticipated road closures or restrictions in Maryland.

For all things Inauguration, visit PostLocal.com.

This post has been updated.

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