Monday, January 12, 2009

United States Park Police Road Closures for Inaugural Welcoming Ceremony

On the afternoon of Sunday, January 18th, the United States Park Police will support the Welcoming Ceremony for President Elect Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial. The following roads will be closed in connection with the event. All closure times are subject to change.

January 17th starting at 3:00 p.m. until January 18th at approximately 5:00 p.m.:
• 23rd Street at Constitution Ave
• Henry Bacon Drive

January 18th starting at 5:00 a.m. until January 18th at approximately 5:00 p.m.:
• 22nd Street at Constitution Ave
• 21st Street at Constitution Ave
• 20th Street at Constitution Ave
• 19th Street at Constitution Ave
• 18th Street at Constitution Ave
• Constitution Ave from 17th - 23rd Street
• 17th Street from Constitution Ave to Independence Ave
• Independence Ave from 15th - 23rd Street
• Maine Ave to Independence Ave
• Inlet Bridge (Ohio Drive at East Basin Drive)
• West Basin Drive
• Ohio Drive from Inlet Bridge to Rock Creek Parkway
• Rock Creek Parkway from Virginia Ave to Ohio Drive
• Parkway Drive from Ohio Drive to Lincoln Memorial Bridge
• Memorial Bridge
• 23rd Street from Lincoln Memorial to Independence Ave

January 8th until January 23rd:
• French Drive

There will be no pedestrian access across the Memorial Bridge or to the west side of the Lincoln Memorial. Pedestrians will not be able to access the event from the Arlington Cemetery Metro exit. We recommend the following metro stops for general public guests:
• Red Line: Farragut North and Metro Center
• Blue and Orange Lines: Farragut West, Federal Center and Smithsonian
• Yellow and Green lines: L'Enfant Plaza and Archives

General Public Access to the Inaugural Opening Ceremonies will begin at 8am. This event is free and open to the public and no ticket is required. The event start time has yet to be determined.

Ticketed Guest Entrance:
Henry Bacon Drive near Constitution Avenue

General Public Entrances:
Constitution Avenue at 19th street
Constitution Avenue at Virginia Avenue
17th street at North Elm Walk
17th street at South Elm Walk
Independence Avenue at the DC War Memorial

A complete list of prohibited items is listed on the United States Secret Service Inaugural website at

The District will implement DDOT's Operation Fast Forward timing on traffic signals located on 19 evacuation corridors following the festivities in order to facilitate traffic as it exits the downtown area. For details visit