Women’s March, prayer service bring their own set of DC road closures

WASHINGTON — The pomp and circumstance of President Trump’s inauguration has passed, but D.C.’s hectic weekend still isn’t over.

The Women’s March on Washington will cause its own series of road closings, as will the post-inaugural prayer service at the National Cathedral in Northwest D.C.

And while many streets have reopened, parking restrictions and road closures might still be in place around the area where inauguration events were held. It’s unclear when such restrictions will be lifted exactly, so expect traffic, detours, etc. if traveling into downtown Saturday.

Women’s March on Washington

Downtown drivers will face broad travel challenges during the Women’s March on Washington.

Organizers have said they expect up to 200,000 people to congregate near the U.S. Capitol around 10 a.m.

The following streets will be closed starting at 3 a.m. Saturday and will re-open at approximately 6 p.m. or when it’s safe to do so. D.C. officials say these street closings are subject to change without notice.

  • 3rd Street NW, from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street SW
  • Independence Avenue SW, from First Street SW to 6th Street SW
  • Maryland Avenue SW, from First Street SW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 4th Street NW, from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street SW

And at around 1 p.m. there will be rolling street closures along the march route:

  • West on Independence Avenue SW, from 3rd Street SW to 14th Street SW
  • North on 14th Street SW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • West on Constitution Avenue NW to 17th Street NW, where the group will disband.

Please note that Memorial Bridge remains closed to vehicular traffic though the end of the weekend.

Post-inaugural prayer service

In addition, the Washington National Cathedral will host the traditional post-inaugural prayer service on Saturday morning.

The following vehicle restrictions and street closures are in effect for the perimeter surrounding the National Cathedral beginning at 7:30 a.m. until the event concludes at approximately noon. Vehicle traffic is restricted to authorized vehicles with the proper vehicle placard.

  • 36th Street NW from Woodley Road to Lowell Street NW
  • 35th Street NW from Woodley Road to Lowell Street NW
  • Woodley Road from 34th Street NW to Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Wisconsin Avenue from Woodley Road to Massachusetts Avenue NW
  • Massachusetts Avenue from Wisconsin Avenue to Garfield Street NW
  • Pilgrim Road from Garfield Street NW to Massachusetts Avenue NW
  • Entrance to St. Alban School on Garfield Street NW
  • South Road at Wisconsin Avenue NW

Please note that Garfield Street, 34th Street and Woodley Road are expected to remain open.

Residual closures, restrictions from inauguration

Travel restrictions are scheduled to be lifted by 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Some road closures near the White House, Federal Triangle and the Capitol will remain in effect through the rest of the weekend.

Interstate 395 across the 14th Street Bridge and Southwest Freeway will remain open throughout the week, but traffic will likely be heavy.

The Key and Chain bridges will remain open, but traffic will likely be heavier than usual.

Below is a map of areas affected by inauguration events that may still have closures or restrictions:

Jack Pointer

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