Quiet start to nuke summit
9:05 A.M. UPDATE: Dr. Gridlock reports that there are no delays, crowding or confusion on the Green Line despite Metro skipping the stop at Mount Vernon Square Station due to the Nuclear Security Summit. He says there are announcements being made about the change on platforms and on the train.
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8:15 A.M. UPDATE: As of 8:15 p.m., traffic is moving freely on most of the streets entering the District. Traffic cameras show lighter than normal volume, and most of the usual congestion points are free of gridlock. Volume is building as the day progresses, but it appears to be well below usual levels. New York Avenue and even the 14th Street Bridge are relatively empty.
7:50 P.M. UPDATE: Some Metro trains were unusually uncrowded, including the Orange Line that runs from Eastern Market to McPherson Square. There were plenty of seats at 7 a.m. Another unusual sight for these commuters: Capitol Police in black bulletproof vests hanging out outside the entrance to the Starbucks next to Eastern Market.
-- Michelle Boorstein
7 A.M. UPDATE: So how is traffic this morning with portions of New York and Massachusetts avenues closed to traffic? It's not that bad. Drives in from points to the east on U.S. 50 were largely uneventful, with even the normal backups before Bladensburg Road not materializing.
Traffic cameras show light traffic on New York Avenue, and the streets around the security zone are free of problems. Of course, as heads of state arrive and motorcades fill the streets, we can expect issues to develop.
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Original post: Here's a roundup of the closures and detours caused by the Nuclear Security Summit being held Monday and Tuesday in the District:
-- Detours for 13 Metrobus routes: 70, 71, 79, G8, D4, 42, 63, 64, 80, P6, S2, S4 and X2. More information here.
-- Circulator detours. More information here.
-- Street closings and parking restrictions. More information here.
-- There's also the Metro impact (the Mount Vernon Square station will be closed). Here's the overall Sunday roundup by Dr. Gridlock.
-- And here's a live map, tracking traffic around the summit.
This blog will be updated throughout the summit, giving you real time traffic information and tips for navigating the next two days. Just remember that the while the traffic epicenter is going to be the summit, delays and headaches will ripple outward and impact commuters throughout the region. Add extra time to your commute and plan ahead. We'll do our best to help you stay as informed as possible.
April 12, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
Categories: Advisories , Commuting | Tags: nuclear security summit, nuclear security summit closures, nuclear security summit detours
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