Alert: Traffic Snarls Downtown Streets
Update - 8:49 p.m.: The Secret Service has advised travelers that the area near tomorrow's ceremony and the parade will be blocked off by 4 a.m.; however, the blockades are beginning to appear now in preparation for tomorrow's event. Downtown is still in gridlock and travelers should expect normal commutes on and around Pennsylvania Avenue to take one or more hours.
From Inauguration Watch: Traffic is a mess downtown, including near the Verizon Center, site of tonight's Kid's Inaugural Concert. A Post reporter who came from Capitol Hill to the Washington Post building at 15th and L Streets reports sitting in traffic for 1 1/2 hours--after detouring well north.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is advising motorists to detour away from the downtown area this evening. At this hour, there is traffic congestion and even gridlock at many intersections, particularly around 7th and H Streets, NW near the Verizon Center, due to the large volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. In addition, barriers are being put in place in advance of road closures for the Presidential Inauguration and driving in the downtown area is expected to become even more difficult tonight.
-- Lena Sun, David Nakamura, John Lisle
January 19, 2009; 7:07 PM ET
Categories: Advisories , Congestion , Driving , Inauguration
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