On foot, by car, or rail, Inauguration Day restrictions will be extensive

Much of the Mall will be closed to vehicular traffic during President Obama’s second inaugural ceremonies later this month and several Metro stations in the area will be shut down as well, the U.S. Secret Service announced Monday.

In addition, several bridges into Washington will be closed to vehicles, or have traffic rerouted.

In the district, roads will be closed from the U.S. Capitol grounds to the World War II memorial, and, roughly, from Independence avenue on the south to D, F, and I streets on the north.

Traffic will be “restricted” in a slightly larger area that extends west to the Lincoln Memorial and north to H and K streets, the Secret Service said.

In the restricted area, drivers should expect delays, and drivers and passengers should be able to provide proof of residence, work identification or a justification for needing to enter the area.

The closures and restrictions will be in place Sunday, January 20, Monday, January, 21, and early Tuesday, January 22.

On January 21, the day of the inaugural parade and festivities, traffic on the 14th Street Bridge to 14th street will be diverted onto the Southeast/Southwest freeway starting at 5:30 a.m.

Traffic coming across the Roosevelt Bridge will be diverted onto the northbound Potomac River Expressway to Pennsylvania Avenue or the Whitehurst Freeway/K Street.

Memorial Bridge will restricted to to pedestrians, and the Third Street Tunnel will be closed to people and cars.

The Smithsonian, Archives and Mt Vernon Square Metro stations will be closed on Inauguration Day, January 21.

All attendees, including general public and ticketed guests, will be subject to a thorough security screening before entering the Inaugural parade route, the White House reviewing stand and the Inaugural balls.

Mike is a general assignment reporter who also covers Washington institutions and historical topics.
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