The annual March for Life returns to Washington on Monday. The rally and march, marking the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, is expected to draw thousands of anti-abortion protesters and include an address from Speaker of the House John Boehner.
There will be a number of street closures and parking restrictions due to this event. The following streets will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
● Maryland Avenue NE from Constitution Avenue to First Street NE
● First Street NE from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue SE
●Third Street NW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue SW
● Fourth Street NW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue SW
●Seventh Street SW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue SW
Multiple streets will also be closed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. due to people marching from the Verizon Center to the Mall:
● F Street NW between Seventh and 12th streets
● 12th Street NW from F Street to Constitution Avenue NW
The march itself is focused around the Mall and Capitol Hill. A rally is scheduled for noon near the Smithsonian Castle, to be followed by a march beginning at 1:30 p.m. The march will head east on Constitution Avenue NW and proceed up Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court.
The following streets will be closed beginning at around 12:30 p.m. for the march:
● Constitution Avenue NW between Third and Ninth streets
●Constitution Avenue from Third Street to First Street NE
● Third Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue NW
● Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW (no traffic will be allowed to head east on Pennsylvania Avenue and Seventh Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue)
These roads will remain closed until the last marchers have finished passing through the intersections. Roads leading to the march route will also be closed to through traffic. And, as always, a major event like this with multiple road closures will snarl traffic in the surrounding area.
As Dr. Gridlock pointed out in The Week Ahead, the Smithsonian Metro station on the Blue and Orange lines is the closest stop to the event. But big crowds tend to overwhelm that stop. Good alternatives are available to the south of the Mall (the L’Enfant Plaza or Federal Center SW stations) and to the north (the Federal Triangle and Archives stations).
The rally is expected to wrap up by 5 p.m., which means a large number of people will be swarming the Metro stops closest to Capitol Hill (meaning Union Station and Capitol South). If you normally commute in that area and during this time, expect crowding at those stations and in the vicinity.
Multiple Metrobus routes are going to detour around the rally between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Read the full list of detours here.
More help: Tips on transit riding from Dr. Gridlock