14th Street Reopens; Sporadic Closures Possible
updated 10:26 a.m.
It remains unclear who originally proposed that a busy stretch of 14th Street NW in downtown Washington be closed Monday for a 13-hour stretch.
But the request has been rescinded, and traffic for the most part is whizzing smoothly along 14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues, which officials originally said would be closed from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The closure began as scheduled but was over by 7 a.m.
D.C. transportation department spokeswoman Karyn Le Blanc said the U.S. Secret Service requested the unusual, extended shutdown, apparently to provide security outside a U.S.-China economic conference where President Obama was making a morning address. But the agency later realized "they did not need to close all day," Le Blanc said.
However, Secret Service spokesman Darrin Blackford told Washington Post reporter James Hohmann that the agency "did not request the closure of 14th Street for any extended period of time. The only closure anticipated by the Secret Service was for the brief period of time prior to the arrival and departure of [Obama's] motorcade."
Blackford referred inquiries to D.C. police.
Temporary street closures to accomodate the president's comings and goings are common in Washington.
In addition to Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and several top-level Chinese officials are attending the first U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
Fourteenth Street NW between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues will be closed in both directions Monday from 5.a.m. to 6.p.m. for a special event, the D.C. Department of Transportation said.
Morning delays are predicted. DDOT is advising drivers to use the Memorial or Theodore Roosevelt bridges as alternative routes. Drivers should leave earlier or later than usual and allow for additional travel time, DDOT said, and telecommuting or taking Metro is recommended.
Drivers who usually travel northbound on the 14th Street bridge from Virginia should continue on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and take the exit for 12th Street or Seventh Street to access downtown Washington. Traffic approaching the closed intersection at 14th Street northbound and Constitution Avenue will be directed to turn right on Constitution and make a left turn on 12th Street Northwest to get around the closure.
Those traveling southbound on the 14th Street bridge should use Ninth Street and then continue on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway outbound into Virginia. Drivers approaching the closure at 14th Street southbound and Pennsylvania Avenue will be directed to turn left on Pennsylvania Avenue and make a right turn on Ninth Street to get around the closure.
-- Yamiche Alcindor
July 27, 2009; 10:26 AM ET
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