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Street closings for State of the Union speech begin at 7 p.m.

UPDATE: The street closings will now begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Capitol Police.

Original Post: The U.S. Capitol Police have provided this information about Capitol Hill street closings on Wednesday evening, while President Obama delivers the State of the Union address. See a map.

Capitol Square will be restricted to authorized pedestrians only starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. These streets near the Capitol will close from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday until the end of the session:

  • D Street between 2nd Street NE & Louisiana Avenue NW

  • C Street between 2nd Street NE & Louisiana Avenue NW

  • Constitution Avenue between 2nd Street NE & Louisiana Avenue NW

  • Delaware Avenue between Columbus Circle & Constitution Avenue NE

  • New Jersey Avenue between Louisiana Avenue NW & D Street NW

  • Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st Street NW & 3rd Street NW

  • East Capitol Street between 2nd Street & 1st Street

  • 1st Street between Columbus Circle NE & C Street SE

  • 1st Street between Louisiana Avenue NW and Washington Avenue SW

  • Maryland Avenue between 1st Street SW & 3rd Street SW

  • Independence Avenue between 2nd Street SE & Washington Avenue SW

  • C Street between 1st Street SE & Washington Avenue SW

  • Delaware Avenue between Washington Avenue SW & C Street SW

  • New Jersey Avenue between Independence Avenue SE & D Street SE

  • South Capitol Street between Independence Avenue & D Street

Metrobus Routes 32, 36 (Pennsylvania Avenue Line), 34 (Naylor Road Line) and 96 (East Capitol Street/Cardozo Line) will be rerouted from 7 p.m. until President Obama leaves the Capitol.

Maryland commuter bus
The Maryland Transit Administration is asking commuters who take Trip 25 on Route 929 to arrive at their stops on Independence Avenue well ahead of departure time in the event there is a detour.

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By Robert Thomson  |  January 27, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Driving , Events  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, street closings  
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While it's great to know the street closings when I'm not a regular driver in that area it's hard to visualize exactly what is and is not closed. Is there a way for the post to also provide this in map format as they have for large events such as 4th of July and the Inauguration to have a better sense of road closings? Thanks!

Posted by: TakeResponsibilityforYourself | January 26, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the carbon footprint of this political theatre is.

Posted by: member5 | January 26, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheMatt | January 26, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm a bit more worried about motorcade-related closures AFTER the speech. The Capitals are playing at Verizon Center at 7:00. If the game ends in regulation it should be over by 9:30, thus allowing time for the traffic to clear, but if it goes to a shootout, the traffic would be pouring out onto the streets right around the time the speech ends. Looks like a good night to be prepared to use alternate routes.

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 26, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Figures they'd schedule a hockey game during the SOTU. Racists. Hockey is the whitest sport on the planet.

Posted by: member8 | January 26, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Uh, no. The NHL hockey schedule was set first. States of the Union are scheduled at the whim of the President & Congress - often the last Wednesday in January, but it doesn't have to be. In 2008, it was the last Monday, and Tuesday in 07.

So, you've got it backward; Obama's obviously not a Caps fan.

Originally, the WH wanted Feb 2, but thank God they knew better than to interfere with the Lost premiere.

Posted by: Chris737 | January 26, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

They should cancel the game or at least time out to put the speech up on the jumbotrons. White people NEED this speech.

Posted by: member8 | January 27, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I quite enjoyed the game. 8 wins in a row, and we were out of town before the motorcade came through. Much more enjoyable than irrelevant political theatrics on Capitol Hill, which is all the State of the Union ever is these days regardless of which party's in power. "member8," take the racist whining elsewhere.

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 28, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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