Rolling road closures possible Friday in downtown DC

Getting around downtown D.C. Friday could be trickier than usual.

In a statement, police said rolling closures are possible near the National Mall, L’Enfant Plaza, John Marshall Park, Union Station and the streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol.

Police said they don’t anticipate any extended closures.

Parking restrictions could be implemented. Emergency no parking signs will be posted if needed.

D.C. police said there is a potential for intermittent closures as a precaution because The March for Life is scheduled for Friday, which normally brings thousands of people to the District, but it is being held virtually this year.

Organizers have urged attendees to stay home this year and watch the event online.

According to an updated National Parks Service permit approved Wednesday, “approximately (6) marshals stationed between 12th Street and 14th Street, Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive, will direct any person or group that shows up for the canceled in-person March for Life Rally and March to go home and sign up to watch the March for Life virtually.”

Check WTOP’s FAQ on the 2021 virtual March for Life.

Authorities suggested following for up-to-date information on possible closures.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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