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Getting Around on Sunday During Opening Ceremony

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It won't be anything like Tuesday, but there will be many traffic restrictions on Sunday, because of the inauguration opening ceremony scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial.

Traffic Restrictions
The Roosevelt Bridge will be closed to all vehicles inbound to Washington from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Inbound traffic on Interstate 66 will be detoured to the 14th Street Bridge via Route 110 and Interstate 395 North. Pedestrians can use the sidewalk on the Roosevelt Bridge. The outbound lanes will remain open all day Sunday.

HOV-2 is in effect eastbound on I-66 (far left lane outside the Beltway; both lanes inside the Beltway) until 3 a.m. Tuesday. Then, I-66 eastbound inside the Beltway will be open only to authorized vehicles. The authorized vehicles are buses, taxis, for-hire limos and for-hire car services. Westbound lanes of I-66 will be open to all vehicular traffic on Tuesday.

The I-395/95 HOV lanes will be northbound for vehicles carrying three or more people (HOV-3) until 3 a.m. Tuesday. From 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, only buses and authorized vehicles will be permitted to use the I-95/395 HOV lanes from Route 234/Dumfries to Washington.

The I-95/395 HOV lanes will open to HOV-3 traffic at 5 a.m. Wednesday. The I-95/395 HOV lanes will be open southbound for HOV-3 vehicles from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 3 a.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. Wednesday until 9 p.m. or later.

Also on Sunday, the Memorial Bridge will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. The west side of the Lincoln Memorial also will be closed to traffic.

So don't plan on taking Metro to Arlington Cemetery Station on Sunday and walking across the Memorial Bridge. You won't be able to do that.

D.C. Street Closings
Here's a link to a page that shows all the street closures for Sunday and ends with a map.

Metrorail will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Off-peak fares apply all day long. Parking at Metro lots and garages is free, but don't park overnight.

The transit authority anticipates a Fourth of July style service to get people to and from the opening ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in the afternoon. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., all trains will operate every six minutes from the ends of the lines and every three to four minutes downtown. If necessary, Metro says, extra trains will be put in service to accommodate the crowds attending the opening ceremony.

All trains will be either six or eight cars long.

Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. But there may be delays and detours on some downtown routes, because of the opening ceremony. Look for bus alerts on Metro's home page.

Here's a link to the full details about Sunday service on Metro's Web site.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 17, 2009; 4:08 PM ET
Categories:  Inauguration  
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