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District Announces Thursday Street Closings

Barely done with the Inauguration Day plan, the District Department of Transportation is announcing the street closures and parking restrictions for the annual March for Life on Thursday.

While no where near the scale of the inauguration ceremonies, this event does draw a very large crowd to central Washington each January, so watch out not only for the closed streets, but also for groups of pedestrians heading to and from the rally and march.

At about 11:30 a.m., many people plan to march to the Mall after an event at the Verizon Center. Look for temporary closures along 7th Street NW from F Street to Madison Drive.

After a noon rally on the Mall, the march to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill is scheduled to begin at about 2:15 p.m. The group will march north on 4th Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, then east to Constitution Avenue and up Capitol Hill to the intersection of 1st Street NE and East Capitol Street.

Police will temporarily close the route and cross streets to vehicles during the march. They also are likely to close 4th Street from Independence Avenue SW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW from about 9:30 a.m. until the marchers have left the Mall.

Also, there will be temporary parking restrictions at these locations:
* 7th Street from Jefferson Drive SW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
* Constitution Avenue NW from 9th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
* 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Here's a map of the area.

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By Robert Thomson  |  January 21, 2009; 4:49 PM ET
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The rally at Verizon Center was cancelled.

Posted by: bs2004 | January 22, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

The Youth Rally at Verizon wasn't cancelled... the venue was FULL with over 20,000 Pro-Life teens and adults!! We were encouraged to attend Mass at several nearby parishes; each Church was filled to capacity!
Quite a difference from being CANCELLED!

Posted by: burkempers | January 28, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

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