Street closings around Capitol for State of the Union


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President Obama’s State of the Union speech is scheduled for 9 p.m. Tuesday, but restrictions on the streets around the Capitol are scheduled to begin as early as 6 p.m.

Here is the schedule provided by the U.S. Capitol Police.

This area will be restricted to authorized pedestrians starting at 6 p.m.:

  • First Street between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Independence Avenue between First Street SW and First Street SE
  • First Street between Independence Avenue SE and Constitution Avenue NE

These closings north of Capitol Square are scheduled for 7 p.m. to the conclusion of the speech:

  • 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 Avenue and Constitution Avenue NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between First Street and Third Street NW
  • East Capitol Street between Second Street and First Street 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

These closings south of Capitol Square are scheduled for 7 p.m. to the conclusion of the speech:

  • Maryland Avenue SW between First Street and Third Street SW
  • Independence Avenue between Second Street SE 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
  • South Capitol Street between Independence Avenue and D Street SE/SW

Tours
Capitol tours are suspended as of noon Tuesday. The Capitol Visitor Center is also closed as of noon. Visitors with gallery passes may continue to enter via the center’s main entrance. The House Gallery will remain open until 5:30 p.m. or until the House recesses. The Senate Gallery will remain open until 6 p.m.

Tour buses will be allowed to drop off and pick up in Peace Circle and Garfield Circle until 4:30 p.m.

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