Reminder: Capitol Hill streets will be blocked for State of the Union speech

February 12, 2013


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Some commuters who stay late at the office may want to begin their homeward journeys a bit early Tuesday evening so they don’t get stuck in traffic disruptions caused by security for President Obama’s address to Congress.

The State of the Union speech is scheduled for 9 p.m., but the street closings start at 7 p.m. and continue till after the president finishes. Watch out also for occasional traffic stops for motorcades. Here’s the list of street closings from the U.S. Capitol Police:

North of the Capitol: D Street NE between Second Street NE and Louisiana Avenue NW, C Street NE between Second Street NE and Louisiana Avenue NW,  Constitution Avenue between Second Street NE and Louisiana Avenue NW, Delaware Avenue between Columbus Circle and Constitution Avenue NE, New Jersey Avenue NW between Louisiana and Constitution avenues NW, Pennsylvania Avenue between First and Third streets NW, East Capitol Street between Second and First streets NE/SE,
First Street between Columbus Circle NE and C Street SE, First Street between Louisiana Avenue NW and Washington Avenue SW, Second Street NE between Constitution Avenue and East Capitol Street NE.

South of the Capitol: Maryland Avenue SW between First and Third streets SW, Independence Avenue between Second Street SE and Washington Avenue SW, C Street between First 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, and South Capitol Street between Independence Avenue and D Street SE/SW.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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