Elephants to parade through D.C. tonight

Tim Bracken, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Most seasoned D.C. commuters aren’t usually phased by the seemingly endless barrage of unexpected lane closures that often delay trips to and from work. Believe it or not, sometimes we actually know where and when some of these lane closures will take place.

That brings us to the annual D.C. Pachyderm Parade, in which the Ringling Bros. elephants march from Garfield Park in Southeast to the Verizon Center, where the circus will run from March 15 to March 18.

The parade, usually taking place in the afternoon, will start tonight at 8 p.m. in Garfield Park.

The parade will go west on Virginia Avenue to northbound South Capitol Street, then north on Washington Boulevard, SW. After the parade turns left on Independence Avenue, SW, it’ll hang a quick right on 3rd Street, SW and take that all the way up to G Street, NW, where it’ll turn left, ending at the Verizon Center.

See the parade route here.

I-295/DC-295 construction

If you’re planning on cutting across the District on northbound Interstate 295/DC-295 tonight, you will be diverted onto the inbound 11th Street Bridge. Northbound DC-295 will be blocked between the 11th Street Bridge and Pennsylvania Avenue for construction between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

After being diverted onto the inbound 11th Street Bridge, drivers will be directed to M Street, the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, then the outbound Sousa Bridge/Pennsylvania Avenue to continue on northbound DC-295.

I-495 construction

Tonight through Friday, all lanes will be blocked on the Inner Loop of the Beltway at I-395 between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews work on the Express Lanes Project.

Traffic will be diverted onto the ramp to northbound I-395 where detour signs will direct drivers to Edsall Road, then back to the Inner Loop.

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