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Street Closing Irks D.C. Leaders

"It's tough," he said. "It's discombobulating. But I think the reaction is similar to what it would have been in August 2001 if we said we are going to screen everyone at the airport and there may be two-hour waiting lines."

Gainer's plan requires 300 officers to work six days a week and is expected to cost as much as $3 million a month in overtime. He said it would probably be in place until November and possibly beyond.

A sign warns motorists traveling near the Capitol that they will be subject to checkpoints as part of the stepped-up security. (Rich Lipski -- The Washington Post)

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D.C. police also plan to ban street parking between F and H streets NW from 18th to 20th streets and from the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue in that area. Officials also are considering ways to limit the routes trucks can take into and through the District. D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said the precautions probably would be in place through November.

At the World Bank and IMF, iconic financial institutions two blocks from the White House and across from each other on 19th Street NW, thousands who reported to work yesterday were checked by security guards.

Damian Milverton, a spokesman for the World Bank, said more than 1,200 employees attended a staff meeting at which World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn said they could expect increased security measures.

Milverton said Wolfensohn told employees that "the information that the U.S. authorities picked up was from 2001 and there was no evidence to suggest an imminent threat to the bank."

Cars trying to enter the underground parking garages at either high-rise building were lined up along G Street and searched by guards who inspected their trunks and used mirrors to check their undercarriages. One IMF worker who bicycled to work hopped off to let a guard peer into the bag on the back of her bike. D.C. police officers, some with bomb-sniffing dogs, patrolled virtually every corner.

Metro Transit Police focused on the three stations close to the World Bank and the IMF: Farragut West and Foggy Bottom on the Blue and Orange lines and Farragut North on the Red Line. A special unit of transit officers with automatic weapons was dispatched to the area, and police dogs roamed the stations.

Still, the streets surrounding the World Bank and IMF appeared just as busy with vehicle and pedestrian traffic as on any other August workday. Employees at a few shops near the IMF and World Bank said business was booming. A bank spokesman said that employee turnout was typical, although no official tally was available. And office and blue-collar workers in and around the Foggy Bottom buildings said they were not afraid, in part because of a heavy police presence and nerves hardened by three years of terror warnings.

The terror threat did not stop office workers from enjoying lunch on benches in a small park across Pennsylvania Avenue and H Street from the World Bank. "I was actually more worried about traffic than anything," said Patrick McDonough, 31, who works at a nearby medical services provider and was eating with a colleague in the park.

Arthur Foy didn't think twice about making a delivery just a few dozen paces from a potential terrorist target. Duty -- and a truck full of pre-cut french fries -- beckoned.

"I'm more concerned about the weather than the terrorists, to be honest," said Foy, 53, a shorts-clad, sweat-drenched worker for U.S. Foodservice, as he unloaded boxes from a truck parked at 18th and H streets.

Staff writers Michael Barbaro, Karin Brulliard, Cameron W. Barr, Sari Horwitz, Theola Labbé, Allan Lengel, Lori Montgomery, Matthew Mosk, Monte Reel, Ian Shapira, Michael D. Shear, David Snyder, Martin Weil and Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this report.

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