Access into Washington, DC will be limited Jan. 16-21. The following is a comprehensive map and summary of routes from the United States Secret Service.
National Mall and National Parks
The National Park Service, at the request of and in cooperation with the United States Secret Service, will implement a temporary public closure of the National Mall beginning at 11 am on Friday, January 15 and extending through at least Thursday, January 21.
In support of this effort, the National Park Service is also temporarily closing to the public the following roadways and park areas:
- East and West Potomac Parks including Hains Point, all memorials and NPS areas contained within;
- On and off ramps to Potomac Park, from I-395 N and I-395;
- Lincoln Memorial Circle including all adjacent sidewalks and roadways;
- Memorial Bridge, from Washington Boulevard to Lincoln Memorial Circle, including all adjacent sidewalks; and
- The White House Complex, all of Lafayette Park and the White House sidewalk, the Ellipse, First Division Park, and Sherman Park
The National Park Service and the US Secret Service remind the public that security restrictions pertinent to the 59th Presidential Inauguration have closed public access to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, through January 21. For information regarding access within the Washington, DC area, please visit https://www.secretservice.gov/protection/inauguration.
- Constitution Ave, NW from Rock Creek Parkway, NW to 17th Street NW, to include the adjacent sidewalks;
- 17th Street , NW to H Street, NW, to include the adjacent sidewalks;
- H Street, NW to 15th Street, NW, to include adjacent sidewalks;
- 15th Street, NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to include adjacent sidewalks;
- Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from 15th Street, NW to 3rd Street, SW, and adjacent sidewalks (except for designated areas for First Amendment activities to be overseen by the National Park Service and United States Park Police);
- 3rd Street, SW, from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, to Independence Avenue, SW, and adjacent sidewalks;
- Independence Avenue, SW, from 3rd Street, SW, to Ohio Drive, SW, and adjacent sidewalks; and
- Ohio Drive, SW, to Rock Creek Parkway, NW, and adjacent sidewalks
The following bridges will be closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6 am. These closures will remain in effect until 6 am, Thursday, January 21. See below for information specific to each of the affected bridges:
- Theodore Roosevelt Bridge – East bound traffic will be closed to all vehicles entering the city. West bound traffic will flow normally, leaving the city.
- Arlington Memorial Bridge – No traffic allowed in either direction.
- I-395 & 14th Street Bridge – North bound traffic will be closed to all vehicles entering the city. South bound traffic will flow normally, leaving the city.
The following bridges will have commercial vehicle restrictions, but remain open to local vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists beginning on January 19, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. Motorists should expect delays and allow for extra time as commercial vehicles will not be allowed access. These will remain in effect until 6:00 a.m., Thursday, January 21. See below for information specific to each of the affected bridges:
- South Capitol Street/Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge – North bound lanes will have commercial vehicle restrictions but remain open to local traffic. South bound traffic will flow normally, toward Maryland.
- 11th Street Bridge – Travel lanes into the Navy Yard area will have commercial vehicle restrictions but remain open to local traffic.
- John Phillip Sousa (Pennsylvania Ave.) Bridge – Travel lanes west toward downtown will have commercial vehicle restrictions but open to local traffic. South bound traffic will flow normally, toward Maryland.
- Key Bridge – will remain open, but access to Whitehurst Freeway will be closed. Traffic from the Key Bridge will make a left turn onto Canal Rd/MacArthur Blvd and local traffic may go right on M Street. East bound on M Street will have commercial vehicle restrictions.
Essential employees who normally cross these bridges to access their place of employment are encouraged to seek access to Washington from the east via 295 North at E. Capitol St., Benning Rd. or New York Ave. (Route 50).
Additionally, drivers will be able to enter Washington from the Capital Beltway in Maryland. All major roadways leading into the District are open. Both the Wilson and American Legion Bridges will remain open for traffic between Virginia and Maryland. Chain Bridge will also remain open.
All vehicles, including delivery vehicles that do not have appropriate credentials, will not be able to access restricted zones between midnight, January 19, and January 21 at a time to be determined.
- Metro announced service adjustments for Metrorail and Metrobus that will be in effect beginning Friday, January 15 through the end of service on Thursday, January 21.
- Red Line: Farragut North, Judiciary Square, Union Station
- Yellow Line/Green Line: National Archives
- Blue Line: Arlington Cemetery
- Blue Line / Orange Line / Silver Line: Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Center SW, Capitol South, Smithsonian, Federal Triangle
- Beginning Saturday, January 16, through Thursday, January 21 Metro Center and Gallery Place stations will close.
- 26 bus routes will be detoured around the expanded security perimeter beginning on Friday through Thursday
- Capital Bikeshare around the National Mall, Capitol Hill and Union Station will be available until further notice. Streetcar service is suspended until further notice.
- DC Circulator - For the latest information about service adjustments, please follow us on Twitter @DCCirculator.
- The Rosslyn - Dupont Circle (RSDP) route is suspended from January 19 through January 21.
- The Georgetown - Union Station (GTUS) route is operating a special shuttle for the western portion of the route through January 21. The shuttle service begins at 34th Street NW and Wisconsin Avenue NW (eastbound) to Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 24th Street NW via Wisconsin Avenue NW and M Street NW. Buses will loop at Washington Circle NW and head westbound on K Street NW back to 34th Street NW and Wisconsin Avenue NW.
- The Woodley Park (WP) route is operating normal stops on P Street NW and 14th Street NW. There is no service downtown. Buses will turn around at Thomas Circle and the following stops are not being serviced through January 21: 13th Street NW at K Street NW; 14th Street NW at I Street NW; and 14th Street NW and K Street NW.
- The Congress Heights - Union Station (CHUS) route is operating a special shuttle between the Congress Height Metro Station to the Anacostia Metro Station. The route will make all the scheduled CHUS stops between the stations.
- The Eastern Market - L'Enfant Plaza (EMLP) route is detouring on the western end of the route in and around L’Enfant Plaza. The final stop for the route is on M Street SW at 7th Street SW. Buses are bypassing stops at 7th Street SW and D Street SW (L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station); 7th Street SW and Maine Avenue SW; and 7th Street SW and I Street SW, northbound and southbound. Service resumes on M Street SW.
- The National Mall (NM) route is suspended until January 25, 2021 at 5 am.
- Beginning at 6 am on Friday, January 15, all parking garages in the restricted zones will be blocked off.
- Any vehicle still in a garage or loading zone in these zones at 6 a.m. on Friday must remain there until after the Inauguration. Businesses that need to receive deliveries will be advised of an off-site screening facility.
- Residents and businesses between 19th to 14th Streets NW and K Street to Constitution Avenue are already being advised of restrictions beginning Thursday morning.