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Nuclear Security Summit means ‘tough’ times for D.C. traffic this week

Nuclear Security Summit to impact transit, traffic and parking later this week
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D.C. officials warned that the Nuclear Security Summit this week will cause major traffic woes in the city.

Thursday and Friday “will be tough traffic days,”  the District’s homeland security chief, Chris Geldhart, said at a Monday news conference.

There will be motorcades, street closures and security perimeters throughout the area. And the Mount Vernon Square Metro station will be closed during the summit. There will also be detours on many Metrobus routes.

Nuclear Security Summit to impact transit, traffic and parking

The summit will be held Thursday and Friday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, but some parking restrictions are already in effect. Police officials also warned Monday that there will be street closures around the convention center and check points.

One of the roads that will close is part of the busy New York Avenue corridor.

Assistant D.C. Police Chief Lamar Green said the there will be heightened security after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. However, officials said there are no specific or credible threats to the District at this time.

“We will continue this posture for the foreseeable future,” Green said.

Luz Lazo contributed to this report.