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Streets Closing For Cherry Blossom Parade

Here are the specifics you've been asking for on the Saturday street closings in DC.

From 11 p.m. today to 9 p.m. Saturday, these downtown streets will be closed to vehicles:

* Pennsylvania Avenue between 10th and 14th streets NW
* Streets from the north and south that intersect Pennsylvania Avenue between 10th and 14th streets NW

Downtown parking restrictions during the same hours:
Vehicles will not be allowed to park along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 10th and 14th streets NW.

Parade route closures:
The parade will go westbound on Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street, starting at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. These streets will be closed to vehicles from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday:

* 7th Street between Independence Avenue SW and Constitution Avenue NW
* Constitution Avenue between 6th Street and 23rd Street NW

No parking from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on these streets:

* 4th Street from Independence Avenue to Constitution Avenue NW
* 7th Street from Independence Avenue to Constitution Avenue NW
* Constitution Avenue from 4th Street to 23rd Street NW
* Virginia Avenue from Constitution Avenue to 21st Street NW
* 19th Street from Constitution Avenue to E Street NW
* 20th Street from Constitution to E Street NW

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By Robert Thomson  |  April 2, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Events  
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Comments

Anybody know if pedestrians will be able to cross the race route of the 10k on Sunday morning? I want to walk from the Smithsonian metro to the tidal basin but it seems impossible w/o crossing the race route. Also, how long will the streets be closed for the race? Thanks

Posted by: Dogface13 | April 2, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

@Dogface13:
Normally you can walk across a race route as long as you don't interfere directly with any runners. Race begins @ 8 a.m. which will be the biggest surge of runners.

Posted by: DC_ite | April 2, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Ended up having to drive through town to get to a friend's place in Pentagon City, and I have to say that the Park Police were absolutely useless. Traffic was generally gridlocked around the tidal basin/mall area (expected), but I was disappointed to not see a single PP officer directing traffic anywhere, and didn't see a single PP officer anywhere, except one on the Kutz bridge riding horseback, THE WRONG WAY.
Coming home, I used the Memorial Bridge, and they shut off the right turn to access the Rock Creek Parkway. No sign ahead of time to warn drivers (and no apparent reason - there weren't a ton of pedestrians there, nor was there a ton of traffic on RCP), just a barricade and a closed lane.
Brilliant job as always, Parkies...

Posted by: vtavgjoe | April 6, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

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