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First Popemobile Procession Done

The pope's procession moved quickly west along Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, but traffic congestion lingers behind.

The cameras on trafficland.com show some downtown intersections clear while others remain jammed with traffic.

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Afternoon rush hour traffic up North Capitol Street will have a very difficult time in the Brookland neighborhood. The pope meets with U.S. bishops at the National Shrine on Michigan Avenue in Brookland, just east of North Capitol Street at 5:30 p.m.

If that's your normal northbound commuting route, you might be better off sliding west to 13th, 14th or 16th streets NW, or heading east along New York Avenue to the Baltimore Washington Parkway.

But that's not to say any route will be clear sailing this afternoon. The city is very crowded with cars and pedestrians. The pope will cut across town to reach the Brookland area, so watch for those rolling closures in the late afternoon.

For those looking for another change to see the pope, the schedule calls for a shortish Popemobile procession late this afternoon.

For about five minutes after 5:20 p.m., the Popemobile is to travel north along 4th Street NE, from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to the
National Shrine. The west side of 4th Street is the place for
public viewing. Look for a map of the route on the second page of this link.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 16, 2008; 12:13 PM ET
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