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Avoid Mass Ave This Evening

With Pope Benedict XVI scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at 4 p.m., there's likely to be some extra traffic congestion late in this evening's rush period.

The exact route the pope will take into the District has not been made public, for security reasons, but it's a good bet there will be congestion on Massachusetts Avenue around Observatory Circle, where the Vatican Embassy is located.

In fact, since parts of Massachusetts Avenue will be restricted during the next few days, it would be best to avoid that area from this afternoon through Friday morning.

From 5 p.m. today through 9 a.m. Friday:
-- No truck traffic will be allowed on Massachusetts Avenue between Wisconsin Avenue and Observatory Circle.
-- Massachusetts Avenue between Observatory Circle and 34th Street will be one lane in each direction.

If that's part of your regular commuting route, try Wisconsin Avenue, Connecticut Avenue or 16th Street NW while the pope is here. Or for an east-west connection above the blocked off part of Massachusetts Avenue, try Garfield Street, Cleveland Avenue and Calvert Street.

Wednesday: Woodley Park pointed out in comments on the previous posting that Wednesday is Emancipation Day in the District, with holiday travel rules.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 15, 2008; 3:45 PM ET
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