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Bridge Rules Eased for Non-Driving Virginians

Security and transportation officials today eased rules on pedestrians walking over bridges from Virginia on Inauguration Day.

The Virginia State Police announced the “clarifications and additions” to the original plan this afternoon. Pedestrians will now be able to use all bridges to cross the Potomac, a change from an earlier policy that pedestrians could use the Memorial and Chain bridges. People will now be able to walk, bike, run or Segway across the Key, 14th Street and Roosevelt bridges, provided they keep to sidewalks and walk/bike paths.

A state police spokeswoman said that for safety, pedestrians will have to keep off the roadway, especially on the 14th Street Bridge.

“It’s not on the roadway, but the walking-biking path,” spokeswoman Corrine Geller said.
Security and transportation officials took a public shellacking yesterday after Secret Service and area transportation officials announced Wednesday that they would close all Virginia bridges across the Potomac into the District and Interstates 395 and 66 inside the Beltway to personal vehicles. The plans also cordon off a large swath of downtown Washington to help manage the unprecedented crowds expected. Maryland, in contrast, has no planned road closures.

Some members of congress, including U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D-Alexandria), U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Fairfax) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), said it was important to better balance access and security.

In a letter today to the U.S. Secret Service, Moran and Connolly called for a re-examination of the policies.

“Common sense, not fear, should be guiding our transportation policies on Inauguration Day,” Moran said.

“I urge them to explore ways to provide transportation choices for Northern Virginians wishing to attend the inauguration and for key medical personnel traveling to the District, “ Connolly said.

Norton issued a statement today that said she was expressing her concern about the traffic control plan in the District to inaugural officials.

— Eric M. Weiss.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 9, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  | Category:  Security , Transportation
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Comments




why doesn't obama just lead them across the waters by foot.

they don't need bridges, if they are following the chosen one.

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | January 9, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

He can ride in by mule for all I care, as long as the Texan rides OUT!!!!

Posted by: MacDad | January 10, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

After what the Republicans and Bush have done to destroy the country, it is amusing to watch the wing-nuts criticize Obama and his supporters. Come 1/20/2009, good riddance!

Posted by: BethesdaMD | January 10, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

After what the Republicans and Bush have done to destroy the country, it is amusing to watch the wing-nuts criticize Obama and his supporters. Come 1/20/2009, good riddance!

Posted by: BethesdaMD | January 10, 2009 5:34 PM

You are calling U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D-Alexandria), U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Fairfax) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)wing nuts. If the shoe fits....

Posted by: NIMH1 | January 10, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Are we supposed to be grateful that we can walk 6 or 7 miles to work that day--even if the weather is lousy (and, no, not everyone will get the day off). Although I don't agree, at least I understand why the 14th Street, Memorial and Roosevelt bridges would be closed, but why the Key Bridge? It's miles from the mall and many people who could have taken it, and weren't going anywhere near the parade, will be forced onto to the already overcrowded metro system. This will just add to congestion and security headaches. I will stop complaining when Governor Gilmore and everyone else who came up with this ridiculous plan announce that they will ride the metro that day.

Posted by: 02smith1 | January 10, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Closing every bridge from Virginia to DC is a slap in the fact to those of us in Virginia who worked hard to get Obama elected and is symtomatic of zealotry found among the security czars. If every Virginian took the subway the Metro system would implode or the backups at the Virginia stations would be miles long. How does someone from Richmond get to attend where they don't even have the option of getting on the subway? Why not at least let us drive in to RFK and take shuttle buses from there? This decision (to close every bridge) is unfair and it is unbelievable that Governor Kaine approves of it. Give me a break!

Posted by: BIgGVa | January 10, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

"People will now be able to walk, bike, run or Segway across the Key, 14th Street and Roosevelt bridges, provided they keep to sidewalks and walk/bike paths."

Is this accurate? The website says that the 14th street bridge is closed to pedestrians. I feel like i keep getting mixed information. and its frustrating because I'm afraid that all the metro trains will fill up at the end of the line and I won't be able to get into the city from the pentagon.
http://inauguration.dc.gov/closures.asp

Posted by: tifr1 | January 12, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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