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National Marathon to affect traffic

The marathon is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. Saturday and finish at 1 p.m. It starts and ends at RFK Stadium, but in between, it covers a huge territory, extending across six of the District's eight wards. If you have plans to move about in the District early Saturday, see this map and develop a plan.

Intermittent street closings will begin at 6:45 a.m. The streets will be posted with "Official Course Route" signs. Parked cars won't be allowed to move from those streets once runners enter the area. See the lengthy list of street closings and times on Page 2 of this pdf.

D.C. police will be stationed along the route to control traffic and safety. Each officer will have a Race Day Operations Guide with detailed information on open access routes and detour plans.

East Capitol Street from 13th to Second streets NE will be closed to all vehicles starting at 6:45 a.m. It will reopen about 10:45 a.m. as the runners pass. Capitol Hill residents who normally use East Capitol to get to or from their homes will be allowed to cross East Capitol at these locations: Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, 10th, 15th and 17th streets, under the direction of police officers, who will decide when to open and close access.

But travelers far from Capitol Hill also will be affected. Drivers along Connecticut Avenue between Florida Avenue and M Street NW are likely to experience delays between 7 and 8:35 a.m. Minnesota Avenue SE will be closed to traffic from about 8:55 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

If you're driving into the District, best bets for getting across the marathon route are: Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York avenues.

--Robert Thomson

By Terri Rupar  |  March 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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The National Marathon should have made clear that it wasn't just cars -- pedestrians couldn't cross the street either. At Farragut West, Metro didn't think to open the 17th street entrance, leaving only the 18th street entrance which sites just outside the marathon loop. The pedestrians waiting to cross asked the woman officer stationed at 18th and K whether they would get to cross. One woman told the officer she needed to get across the street to go to work. The officer yelled: "Well whose fault is that? If you had gotten here earlier, you could have crossed the street." Gee, thanks for the help.

Posted by: 18thandL | March 20, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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