Getting around nuke summit
The Post will tell you plenty about the policy implications of the upcoming nuclear security summit. All I want to share is how to get around it next week.
Watch for street closings around the Washington Convention Center at Mount Vernon Square next Monday and Tuesday. Traffic congestion is likely to ripple out from there through the downtown core.
Street closings will begin at about 10 p.m. next Sunday and continue through about 8 p.m. next Tuesday. Pedestrian traffic inside the restricted areas will be limited to residents and owners or employees of local businesses. People will have to show a government-issued photo ID.
These are the street closings:
- New York Avenue NW, eastbound and westbound from Sixth Street NW to Seventh Street NW and Ninth Street NW to 11th Street NW.
- K Street NW, eastbound and westbound from Sixth Street NW to Seventh Street NW and 9th Street NW to 10th Street NW: Traffic will be allowed to run eastbound and westbound on K Street NW between Seventh Street NW and Ninth Street NW but will then be diverted southbound on one of those two streets.
- Massachusetts Avenue NW, eastbound and westbound from Ninth Street NW to 11th Street NW.
- L Street NW, eastbound and westbound from Sixth Street NW to 10th Street NW.
- M Street NW, eastbound and westbound from Sixth Street NW to 10th Street NW.
- N Street NW, eastbound and westbound from Sixth Street NW to 10th Street NW.
- Seventh Street NW, northbound and southbound from O Street NW to Massachusetts Avenue NW.
- Eighth Street NW, northbound and southbound from O Street NW to N Street NW.
- Ninth Street NW, northbound and southbound from O Street NW to New York Avenue NW.
- 10th Street NW, southbound from L Street NW to New York Avenue NW.
There will be intermittent closures of other intersections in the vicinity of the convention center that will temporarily affect vehicular and pedestrian movement.
The restrictions will be enforced starting next Sunday at 7 p.m., but some parking spaces might be set aside for event vendors starting as early as Friday at 7 p.m. Watch for Emergency No Parking signs. The restrictions will end on Wednesday, April 14, at 12 p.m. These are the streets affected by the parking restrictions:
- Seventh Street NW from Massachusetts Avenue NW to O Street NW
- Eighth Street NW from N Street NW to O Street NW
- Ninth Street NW from New York Avenue NW to O Street NW
- 10th Street NW from New York Avenue NW to N Street NW
- 11th Street NW from H Street NW to I Street NW and K Street NW to L Street NW (1150 mid-block)
- 12th Street NW from H Street NW to I Street NW and K Street NW to L Street NW (1150 mid-block)
- 13th Street NW from H Street NW to I Street NW and the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW
- 14th Street NW near the intersection of New York Avenue NW
- N Street NW from Sixth Street NW to 12th Street NW
- M Street NW from Sixth Street NW to 10th Street NW
- L Street NW from Sixth Street NW to 12th Street NW
- K Street NW from Six6th Street NW to 10th Street NW
- Massachusetts Avenue NW from Sixth Street NW to 13th Street NW
- New York Avenue NW from Sixth Street NW to 14th Street NW (mid-block)
- H Street NW from 13th Street NW to 14th Street NW (mid-block)
- I Street NW and intersection of 11th Street NW
- Rhode Island Avenue NW (1100 block to Connecticut Avenue NW, including Logan Circle) from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 12 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.
Metro will close the Mount Vernon Square Station from 9 p.m. next Sunday through next Tuesday night. Green and Yellow line trains will be able to pass through the station but won't stop at the platform.
All Yellow Line trains that typically operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square from 5 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. will instead terminate at Gallery Place next Monday and Tuesday. At all other times, Yellow Line trains will operate to Fort Totten.
MetroAccess will not be able to provide paratransit service within the security zone around the convention center. Paratransit riders should expect big delays in that area.
Thirteen Metrobus routes will be detoured: 42, 63, 64, 70, 71, 79, 80, D4, G8, P6, S2, S4, and X2. Details on the detours will be available later this week, and we'll keep you posted as new information comes out.
Elsewhere around town:
Look for a lot of extra security throughout the Metrorail system. Police will be carrying heavy weapons, and specially trained dogs will be present. Riders can contact Metro Transit Police at 202-962-2121.
One extra security measure: During the summit, the restrooms in the Metro stations will be closed.
The long-distance buses that normally arrive and depart at the City Center Parking Lot at 9th Street between New York Avenue and H Street will relocate to Union Station for Monday through Wednesday.Check with specific carriers for additional information. Normal operations will resume on Thursday.
April 5, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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