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16701FW: National Mall and Memorial Parks along with Metropolitan Police Department announce Road Closures for the 50th Anniversary

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  • Press, MPD (MPD)
    Aug 23, 2013

      Contact: Police Officer Araz Alali- MPD (202) 727-4383

      Contact: Contact: Linda Friar 786-385-0067, Paul Brooks 202-556-9181-NPS


      August 23, 2013


      National Mall and Memorial Parks along with Metropolitan Police Department announce Road Closures for the 50th Anniversary


      March on Washington Realize the Dream March and Rally


      Washington D.C. – On Saturday, August 24 the 50th Anniversary March on Washington Realize the Dream March & Rally will require the closure of numerous roads and monuments in Washington, D.C. Several ceremonies and services will take place at the Lincoln Memorial starting at 7:30 a.m. followed by a march that will step off around 12:30 p.m. For more information about the NPS programs visit (http:nps.gov/nama), for information about the rally and March, visit the organizer’s website (http://nationalactionnetwork.net).

      Public Access: The public will be able to access the Rally only from walking west into the area of the Reflecting Pool from 17th Street by the World War II Memorial. March Route: After the rally the march will depart from Lincoln Memorial and head south on Daniel French Drive, east on Independence, north on 17th street, and will end and disperse on the Washington Monument grounds ADA Shuttles: The National Action Network will provide free shuttles from the Foggy Bottom Metro to the event venue for participants with mobility issues. Shuttles will drop off at Henry Bacon Drive and Lincoln Memorial.  Every effort is being made to minimize traffic delays during this event. Variable message boards will be put in place to increase awareness of closures.  Participants are encouraged to take public transportation and use Metro stations in downtown Washington, D.C. Please visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for more information on planning transportation (http://www.wmata.com).


      Traffic/road closures – the following road closures will go into effect at 5 am until the event concludes

      Buckeye Drive between the Southeast/Southwest Freeway and Ohio Drive on the Potomac River side

      Ohio Drive from Potomac Freeway to Parkway Drive

      Ohio Drive from exit of Hains Point to the Potomac Freeway to include A, B, and C Lots

      Rock Creek Parkway between Virginia Avenue and Parkway Drive

      Independence Avenue SW between 15th and 23rd Streets to include the Tidal Basin Parking Lot

      15th and Maine Avenue to the merge at Independence Avenue

      17th Street between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue

      Henry Bacon and 23rd Street

      Lincoln Memorial Circle

      West Basin Drive



      5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., the National Park Service (NPS), George Washington Memorial Parkway

      (GWMP) will close Arlington Memorial Bridge to vehicular traffic. Memorial Circle will remain open, unless it is necessary to close for pedestrian safety


      In addition to the National Park Service street closures, The Metropolitan Police Department will close the following streets beginning at 5:00 am until approximately 4:00 pm:


      •           Westbound ramp from I395 to Maine Avenue, SW-All traffic will be diverted to the 12th ST Tunnel


      •           Ramp from 9th Street tunnel to westbound Maine Avenue, SW-all traffic will be diverted to outbound I 395


      •           1200 block Maiden Lane merge with Maine Avenue, SW-all traffic will be diverted to northbound 14th Street, SW


      •           Southbound Potomac River Freeway and ramp to Independence Avenue-traffic will be diverted to the outbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge


      •           Ramp from outbound E Street Expressway to Ohio Drive-all traffic will be diverted to outbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge




      Visitors are strongly advised to use public transportation. Metro stations near the National Mall and Memorial Parks, U.S.Capitol, and President’s Park that will remain open throughout the day include: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Farragut North, Farragut West, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Union Station, Federal Center S.W., and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Pentagon. Up-to-date information can be found at www.wmata.com


      Food, water, and refreshments will be available for purchase at concession stands in the area

      Portable restrooms, including ADA accessible restrooms, will be available


      Visitors should prepare for heat and sun. NPS recommends that visitors:

      Bring enough food and water for the entire day (water-bottle filling stations will be available)

      Drink plenty of water even when not thirsty

      Wear weather-appropriate clothing

      Use sunscreen.

      Minimize consumption of beverages containing caffeine or alcohol

      Eat throughout the day

      Take frequent shade breaks

      Periodically get out of the heat and into air conditioning, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

      Reduce exertion during the hottest hours

      Bring extra medication.


      First aid stations will be located on both sides of the Reflecting Pool

      Cooling tents will be located on the north side of the Reflecting Pool


      The USPP family reunification tent will be located on the south side of the Reflecting Pool, between the D.C. War Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Lost persons should be reported to any uniformed USPP officer or NPS ranger. Lost persons will be taken to the USPP family reunification tent.





      March with the DC delegation and join the pre-March rally for DC rights at the August 24th 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Check out marchondc50.dc.gov for full event details.