WASHINGTON — A host of traffic changes are in place for Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game. They include road closures, new parking restrictions and transit modifications.
“It’s a big summer for sports fans in Washington,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said last week. “As always, throughout the All-Star Week festivities, our goal is to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.”
Police Chief Peter Newsham said the city and its police department are ready with increased staffing of both uniformed and plain clothed officers to monitor activity around All-Star related events and closures.
“D.C. is host to multiple large-scale events on an annual basis,” he said. “The Metropolitan Police Department is prepared to facilitate a safe and memorable All-Star week for all those participating.”
Asked about terrorism, Newsham said the District was facing “no credible threats.”
Bowser said planning for the All-Star Game started way back in 2014.
“DDOT has mobilized across the agency to meet Mayor Bowser’s goal to keep visitors safe and our transportation network moving for all of the events during All-Star Week,” DDOT Director Jeff Marootian said.
Overall, D.C.’s City Manager Rashad Young said $5 million was invested, but the city expects to spend around $4.4 million hosting the All-Star Game. The return is much greater, he pointed out, projected at $70 million.
At the news conference, officials strongly encouraged residents to visit the sportscapital.dc.gov website for more information.
Near the Convention Center:
Closed until approximately Wednesday, July 18, at 12 p.m.:
•L Street, NW from 7th Street, NW to 9th Street, NW
At Nationals Park:
Closed until approximately Wednesday, July 18, at 6 a.m.:
•First Street, SE from M Street, SE to Potomac Avenue, SE — Southbound Traffic Only
•Potomac Avenue, SE from First Street, SE to South Capitol Street, SE — Westbound Traffic Only
•Van Street, SE from M Street, SE to N Street, SE
•Half Street, SE from M Street, SE to N Street, SE
•N Street, SE from South Capitol Street, SE to New Jersey Avenue, SE
•N Place, SE from First Street, SE to the DC Water Facility Entrance Gate
Emergency No Parking in effect until Wednesday, July 18, at 12 p.m.:
•7th Street, NW from Mt. Vernon Place, NW to N Street, NW
•9th Street, NW from Mt. Vernon Place, NW to N Street, NW
Metro will be open later than usual for the All-Star Game.
MasterCard — which is sponsoring the All-Star Game — will foot the bill for the expanded hours.
If the All-Star Game runs past Metro’s usual 11:30 p.m. closing time, the Navy Yard Metro station will remain open until 30 minutes after the end of each event.