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