D.C. road rules won’t change for Emancipation Day

April 15, 2012

Monday is Emancipation Day in the District. In the past, D.C. officials have suspended the rush-hour traffic rules but not this time.

As a result, drivers should anticipate the typical weekday traffic pattern of reversible lanes on Connecticut Avenue NW between Legation Street and Woodley Road; on 16th Street NW between Arkansas Avenue and Irving Street; on Canal Road between Chain Bridge and Foxhall Road; and on Independence Avenue between Fourth Street SW and Second Street SE. The National Park Service also will maintain the usual rush-hour pattern on Rock Creek Parkway.

The District’s rush-hour parking restrictions will be enforced from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 4 to 6:30 pm. Vehicles that violate the restrictions are subject to ticketing and towing.

On the holiday, the D.C. Department of Public Works generally will not issue tickets for expired meters, but there’s an important exception. Because the Washington Nationals will be playing a home game Monday evening, parking rules will be enforced in the neighborhoods around Nationals Park. Look carefully at the signs on the street poles and on the meters.

The other D.C. rules that govern parking in residential areas and on streets scheduled for sweeping will be suspended for the holiday.

Metro plans normal weekday rail and bus service on the holiday. Since the D.C. public schools will be closed, the school bus trips will be canceled, but all other bus routes will be on a regular schedule.

The biggest effect on bus service may result from the parade and festival downtown. Go to washingtonpost.com/
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for the latest update on bus detours.

Emancipation Day parade and festival

The Emancipation Day Parade is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets.

A festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Freedom Plaza, along E Street NW between 13th and 14th streets.

Pennsylvania Avenue NW and the surrounding streets will be closed between Third and 14th streets NW from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the parade.

These streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the parade and festival:

● Constitution Avenue NW and the surrounding streets between Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

●Pennsylvania Avenue NW and the surrounding streets between 12th and 14th streets NW.

● E Street NW between 13th and 14th streets NW.

● 12th Street NW between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

There’s also a fireworks display, which will close 12th Street NW between E Street and Constitution Avenue from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

— Robert Thomson

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