WASHINGTON – It’s not meant to spook you, but be aware that Halloween brings with it changes to the afternoon commute.
The commute on Halloween traditionally starts earlier in the day as parents time-shift and head home to get their children ready to trick-or-treat.
“Every mother or father will be leaving around 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon,” says WTOP Traffic Director Jim Battagliese.
Because you can’t compress everybody’s rush hour, roads get gridlocked.
Battagliese’s recommendation to commuters is to leave before 3 p.m.
“If you can leave at lunchtime, that’s the best time to leave,” he says.
If you have no plans to greet the trick-or-treaters and hand out candy or to take part in any Halloween festivities, leave after 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Drivers also need to be aware that there may be delays due to street closures in D.C.
Southbound 14th Street in Northwest will be closed between G Street and Pennsylvania Avenue through Saturday, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation. F Street Northwest will be closed between 14th and 15th streets during the same period.
Northbound access on 14th Street will be available most of the time, but southbound traffic will be shifted into northbound lanes during the evening rush on Thursday and Friday.
Curbside parking will not be permitted on F Street.
Georgetown Parking Restrictions
Georgetown is known for attracting adult ghosts and ghouls on Halloween.
Parking restrictions start at 4 p.m. Thursday and go until 6 a..m. Friday.
Drivers will find parking restrictions on the following D.C. roads:
The following streets will be closed to through traffic from 6:30 p.m. Thursday through 4 a.m. Friday:
Only residents and employees of businesses in the area will be given access. To access the closed streets, residents will need proof of residency and employees will need work identification.
Anyone visiting the area is strongly encouraged to use public transportation to avoid parking and traffic delays.
The forecast calls for a very comfortable temperatures for trick-or-treating.
ABC7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff says around the time kids go out, it will be wickedly warm and ghoulishly gusty. Expect temperatures of 67, dropping down to 63, with southerly winds of 10 mph to 15 mph.
Watch for people
Driving through neighborhoods, Battagliese recommends slowing down and taking it easy because of the trick-or-treaters.
“They’re very hard to see. It very hard for them to see when they have the masks on,” he says.
Source: Safe Neighborhood Day
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