Key streets near National Mall still closed

D.C.-area commuters and residents will continue to notice delays, detours and shutdowns following Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Most driving restrictions in D.C. have been rescinded, said acting D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee, and they should all be gone by Friday morning, along with the barriers that restricted traffic in the center of the District for about a week.

Bridges and roads

Drivers in D.C. will still have to navigate some road closures, according to the WTOP Traffic Center. Most roads surrounding the U.S. Capitol remain closed until midnight. Independence and Maine avenues near the Tidal Basin have reopened to traffic.

Most of Constitution Avenue is open. Massachusetts Avenue in front of Union Station is open. Some numbered streets across the National Mall have also reopened.

The National Mall will reopen on Monday with limited services in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The decision comes after the National Park Service’s announcement of the Washington Monument’s indefinite closure to protect staff and visitors.

  • Constitution Avenue NW: Closed both ways between 3rd Street NW and 2nd Street NE
  • Independence Avenue SE: Closed both ways between 3rd Street NW and 2nd Street SE
  • 16th Street NW/Black Lives Matter Plaza: Closed both ways between K Street NW and Lafayette Square
  • K Street NW: Open
  • 14th Street Bridge: Open
  • 14th Street SW: Open, but expect delays with some lanes still blocked across the National Mall
  • 12th Street Tunnel: Open
  • Independence Avenue SW: Open
  • Arlington Memorial Bridge: Open
  • Theodore Roosevelt Bridge: Open
  • South Capitol Street/Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge: Open
  • 11th Street Bridge: Open
  • John Philip Sousa Bridge (Pennsylvania Avenue): Open
  • Key Bridge: Open.

Below is a map of ongoing closures:


All Metro stations are open and running a normal weekday schedule Monday.

For your safety and the safety of others, customers are required to wear cloth face coverings or masks while traveling on the Washington Metro.

WTOP Traffic reporter Dave Dildine contributed to this report.

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Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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