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Regular traffic rules Friday

Friday is the Emancipation Day holiday in the District, and the city's government offices will be closed. But the District Department of Transportation points out that the regular weekday traffic patterns will be in effect.

That means that on 16th Street NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, Canal Road NW and Independence Avenue on Capitol Hill -- the roads that have reversible lanes for rush hour -- drivers should follow their normal commuting pattern.

Parking meter payments will not be required, except for those in the area around Nationals Park, where a game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday. The meters around the stadium have special rules. They will be operating from three hours before game time to three hours afterward, says DDOT spokeswoman Karyn LeBlanc.

[In addition to the holiday suspension of parking meter enforcement, the Department of Public works will not enforce the restrictions on residential parking, and rush hour lane parking restrictions. It also will suspend towing of abandoned vehicles.]

By Robert Thomson  |  April 15, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Driving , Events  | Tags: District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock  
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So wait, i'm confused. Are they saying that normal Friday parking rules are in effect, but no payment of the meters is required? Or are they saying that normal commuting rules (one way streets, reversible lanes) are in effect but parking restrictions are not in effect?

As in, if it says No Parking, 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM, 2 hour parking 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM....does that mean I can park only between 9:30 and 4:00, for only 2 hours, but don't have to feed the meter? Or does that mean that all parking rules are suspended, and Sunday (holiday) parking rules are in effect, meaning I can park for as long as I want, including during the 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM rush hour period?

Posted by: thetan | April 15, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I got an email from DDOT that said there would be no parking enforcement done except around Nats Stadium. I think WaPo needs to get some information corrected. DDOT's email said there would be no rush hour/residential/or meter rules in effect.

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | April 15, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

See, that is where the confusion lies. They say rush hour traffic patterns are in effect, but parking restrictions not enforced....that directly conflicts because parking restrictions are an integral part of the rush hour traffic pattern on some roads, like Connecticut Ave NW. Here, you normally have 2 lanes in each direction, and a parking lane in each direction. During rush hour, the reverse peak direction loses a lane to the peak direction, but gains a lane from parking restrictions. The peak direction gains 2 lanes...1 from parking restrictions and one from the opposite direction.

If you have rush hour restrictions with no parking restrictions, you'll have only 3 lanes in the peak direction and only 1 lane in the off peak direction on Connecticut.

Posted by: thetan | April 15, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

From DDOT Kevin Twine:

Expect normal trash/recycling collections that day. Parking regulations will be enforced in Nationals Park area.

The DC Department of Public Works will observe Emancipation Day, Friday, April 16, however, certain services will be performed following their normal schedule.

Trash/Recycling Collections: These collections will be made Friday, April 16, from residences where collections are made on Friday. Trash and recycling containers should be placed out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the day(s) of collection.

Parking Enforcement around Nationals Park: Parking regulations will be enforced around Nationals Park because a baseball game will be played Friday, April 16.

Ft. Totten Open Friday for Bulk, Recycling Disposal; Open Saturday for Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling/Shredding: The Ft. Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE) will be open Friday from 1 pm to 5 pm to accept residents’ bulk items and recyclables. The Ft. Totten Transfer Station will be open Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm. Free compost is available to residents on Saturdays. Residents may bring their unwanted toxic items, such as pesticides, batteries and motor oil. Electronics, including televisions, computers and cell phones, also will be accepted. Residents also may bring up to five boxes of personal paper documents and credit cards to be shredded for free.

The following services will be suspended because of the holiday:

Citywide Parking Enforcement (except around Nationals Park): DPW will not enforce parking meters, residential parking, and rush hour lane restrictions. It also will suspend towing of abandoned vehicles.

Scheduled Street and Alley Cleaning, Nuisance Abatement also will be suspended.

All services will resume Monday, April 19, 2010.

Other DPW information is available at Residents who would like to receive service notices from DPW should contact me at



Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | April 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to watch the Connecticut Ave cluster!@#$ on trafficland tomorrow :)

Posted by: wpjunk | April 15, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the worst publicized events I've ever seen. The traffic/parking changes are CRUCIAL in this city and people barely know about it today. DC needs to a better job of putting this info out there. People are feeding meters today for no reason.

Posted by: gmcclure1 | April 16, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I reported better than WaPo---

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | April 16, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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