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Travel Advisories for July 4

There won't be any scheduled road work in the Washington region on Wednesday, but the concrete barriers will still be in place at the big projects, including the staging area on the northbound side of the Legion Bridge.

Before you head into Washington for the Independence Day celebrations, you should know that many downtown street will be closed and parking restricted. Consider taking Metro. (And thanks to Brian for pointing out this map illustrating Metro holiday service.)

Metro Transit
Metro parking is free on July 4, and holiday rail fares are in effect. Metrorail and Metrobus operate from 7 a.m. to midnight. The Smithsonian Station is closed. MetroAccess, the ride program for the elderly and disabled, will operate from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.

Suburban Transit
Ride On and the Fairfax Connector will operate on a Saturday schedule. ART will run Sunday service for Routes 41 and 51. DASH will operate on a Sunday schedule. Connect-A-Ride routes J, K and the Loop will operate on a Sunday schedule. VRE, TheBus, Loudoun Bus, MARC and MTA commuter buses will not operate.

No bicycles are allowed on Metro, because of the holiday crowds. But there is free valet parking for bikes on the Mall.

D.C. Streets
You can find a full list of all the downtown parking restrictions and street closings here. D.C. police also will close off some streets throughout the day for various parades and demonstrations.

Capitol Hill 4th of July Parade
The Route: Starts at 8th and I Street SE at 10 a.m. North on 8th to D Street, turns left on D Street then right on 7th Street SE, then north on 7th across Pennsylvania Avenue before continuing past Eastern Market. The parade disperses at 7th and North Carolina SE.

Other Action
The 9th Street Tunnel and the 12th Street Tunnel will remain open except during the Independence Day Parade, which will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. and continue until approximately 2:30 p.m.

The Nationals play the Chicago Cubs at 12:05 p.m. at RFK Stadium. Metro will have additional trains available before and after the baseball game.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 3, 2007; 5:40 AM ET
Categories:  holiday travel  
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