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Getting Around During Papal Visit

Here is some advice about traffic hot spots during the pope's visit to Washington, which begins during this afternoon's rush and ends Friday morning.

-- Worst Bet: Expecting events to begin and end at the scheduled times.

-- Best Bet: Getting to your seat for the 10 a.m. papal mass at Nationals Park by 8:30 a.m.

-- The worst congestion is likely to occur tomorrow and Thursday.

-- Avoid Massachusetts Avenue NW around Observatory Circle all week. That's the neighborhood where the pope will be staying. Commuters can try Wisconsin Avenue, Connecticut Avenue and 16th Street NW as alternatives or take Metro's Red Line. Crosstown traffic could use Garfield Street, Cleveland Avenue and Calvert Street.

-- The streets around North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue NE are likely to be congested tomorrow and Thursday as the pope attends events in Brookland.

-- Popemobile Procession: Noon tomorrow from the White House, west on Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Washington Circle, then winding north to Massachusetts Avenue and Observatory Circle.

-- Thursday Commute: Morning travelers who usually use the Douglass Bridge on South Capitol Street near Nationals Park could use the 11th Street Bridge instead.

-- Here's a link to the rest of The Post's coverage of Pope Benedict XVI's visit.

What are your suggestions or concerns about getting to see the pope or just getting around the congestion?

By Robert Thomson  |  April 15, 2008; 8:16 AM ET
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