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DC Warns of Sunday Road Closings for Triathlon

The Nation's Triathlon is likely to disrupt traffic near the Potomac River this Sunday. The annual event is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. in the District. It includes a swim in the Potomac, a bike ride through downtown Washington and a run near the National Mall ending by the Tidal Basin.

See a route map here.

The District Department of Transportation has provided a list of the street closings that D.C. and U.S. Park Police will put into effect, as well as some alternative routes to consider.

-- The ramp for I-395 westbound toward Maine Avenue will be closed to traffic. Alternative routes will be the 14th Street Bridge and the 9th and 12th Street Tunnels.
-- The Potomac River Freeway will be closed. Alternates will be 23rd Street, Constitution Avenue and Virginia Avenue.
-- Westbound M Street from Wisconsin Avenue to the Whitehurst Freeway will be closed. Alternate routes will be Prospect Street to any southbound street to M Street eastbound.
-- Canal Road at Arizona Avenue will be closed.
-- Arizona Avenue at MacArthur Boulevard will be open to local residents only.
-- Southbound MacArthur Boulevard at Reservoir Road will be open to local residents only. An alternative route to Georgetown: Go east on Reservoir to southbound Wisconsin Avenue.
-- Southbound Foxhall Road at Reservoir Road will be open to local residents only. An alternative route to Georgetown: East on Reservoir to southbound Wisconsin Avenue.
-- Foxhall Road toward eastbound Canal Road will be closed. Alternative route to Georgetown: Go north on Foxhall Road or north on MacArthur, then east on Reservoir Road, then south on Wisconsin Avenue.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 10, 2009; 1:46 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Events  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Nation's Triathlon, traffic delays  
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I'm confused -- will we be able to access Chain Bridge from either Canal Road or the Clara Barton?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 10, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: WashingtonDame, DDOT tells me that both Chain Bridge and Key Bridge will be open, but that both should be avoided on Sunday morning because it will be so challenging to get either to them or from them depending on your direction of travel.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | September 11, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the information. I'll use the American Legion Bridge (ugh).

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 11, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the Kennedy Center is completely surrounded by the race route. How can we get there for a 2:00pm performance?

Posted by: iris41 | September 12, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

So, during the triathlon, what about roosevelt bridge heading west? can i take 23rd street to the bridge since i can't take the rock creek parkway? i have to leave town around 8am and take 66 (get to the dulles toll road). how is that to be done in the morning? if that bridge is closed how do i get to dulles? alternatively, how would i get across m street to cross key bridge into va?

Posted by: maryann7 | September 12, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Why, why, why does this city (and most others) continue to inconvenience huge numbers of residents to accommodate the institutionalized narcissism known as "marathons?"

Posted by: Freethinker2 | September 13, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

You're apparently a closedminded freethinker.
Guess what? The Nation's Triathjon raised $2.4 million for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society today with all that narcissism.
Hope you were not so inconvenienced in your travels to appreciate that.

Posted by: LaxMom131 | September 13, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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