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Two Bridges Restricted on Sunday

Here's the lastest adjustment in the transportation plan for inauguration weekend: The Memorial and Roosevelt bridges will be restricted Sunday, because of the inauguration opening ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. The rules on each bridge are different

The Memorial Bridge is completely closed in both directions. No cars, no buses, no bikes no pedestrians. The Roosevelt is closed to inbound vehicles, but will be open outbound. And it has a walkway.

If you could drive across the bridges, there would be no where to go once you got to the D.C. side. There are many streets closed around the Lincoln Memorial and in the blocks from Constitution Avenue north from 5 a.m. to about 5 p.m.

Couple of things about getting to and from this Sunday afternoon event, which could draw several hundred thousand people:
* Metrorail is a best best. Just remember that you won't be able to get off at Arlington Cemetery Station and walk across the Memorial Bridge. (We still think that's a good option for Tuesday, when the bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic.)
* There will be a special shuttle bus service from the RFK Stadium parking lot 8. The shuttle will drop off and pick up passengers at Independence Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW.
* Watch for the District Department of Transportation's traffic control officers at some intersections along M Street from Wisconsin Avenue to 28th Street NW; Pennsylvania Avenue from M Street to 18th Street NW; K Street from 27th Street to 18th Street NW; Washington Circle NW; 23rd Street from Washington Circle to Virginia Avenue NW.
* On the way out, drivers will find that traffic signals on evacuation corridors near the Lincoln Memorial have been adjusted to ease the flow out of central Washington.

See more details on Inauguration Watch.

Here's a link to a WTOP radio roundtable show with traffic guru Bob Marbourg. I was a guest on the show today, as we talked about inauguration traffic issues. One listener was concerned about the restrictions around the Lincoln Memorial, but at that point in the morning, I didn't know the bridges, as well as the streets, would be closed.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 14, 2009; 3:38 PM ET
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Some fun stuff. They could have announced this earlier, although Arlington Memorial Bridge does make sense to close, although closing it to peds and bikes seems a bit over the top (given the trail access).

I-66 Bridge, however, still travels to other places, and these closing are getting to be pretty over the top.

Posted by: blafhhhh | January 14, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

What a nightmare this morning in Rockville. Was there an accident, water main break or something? 355 was backed up beyond Gude and didn't begin to clear until the courthouse.
I arrived as the bus stop at 8, didn't arrive near Wheaton until 9:20. Once on the bus, that trip never takes more than 35 minutes. Instead it took double.

Posted by: cprferry | January 14, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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