Nuclear Summit Bringing Tight Security to Convention Center Area
The International Nuclear Security Summit next Monday and Tuesday at the DC Convention Center will mean extremely tight security and many travel restrictions for the city, especially the area around the Convention Center. President Obama is hosting the event, which is designed “to enhance international cooperation in preventing nuclear terrorism, a danger he has identified as the most immediate and extreme threat to global security.” According to America.gov, the “Focus will be on keeping nuclear materials out of terrorists’ hands.”
The city, in conjunction with federal agencies, is putting the tight security measures into effect in the area around the Convention Center. There were undoubtedly be spillover from all the street closures, parking restrictions and bus line reroutings into the Borderstan area, particularly to the east and south; parts of 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and O Streets NW will be closed. There are also parking restrictions in place for addtional streets, including a stretch of Rhode Island Avenue NW east of Logan Circle (see the list below the fold).
Road closures begin at 8 p.m. on Sunday while parking restrictions begin an hour earlier. According to information from Alert DC, “Pedestrian traffic inside the restricted areas will be limited to residents and owners/employees of local businesses that fall within the secure area. Government issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, non-driver photo ID or passport will be required to gain access.”
Special DDoT Email Address
The DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) has established a special email address for residents and commuters to get information about detours and restrictions related to the Nuclear Security Summit:
In an effort to further assist with traffic plans and detours, DDOT has established an e-mail address where the public can send questions, concerns, complaints or complements. The e-mail address is [email protected]. The e-mail will be monitored during hours in which the DDOT Command Center is operational which are Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and Wednesday, April 14 between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Any e-mails received outside of these hours will be answered once the center reopens. The e-mail is specific to this event and will be disabled at 2:30 p.m. on April 14. DDOT encourages anyone who needs additional information to send in their requests.
- Alert DC: The Alert DC system provides rapid text notification and update information during a major crisis or emergency. This system delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and updates on a range of devices including cell phones. You can sign up for alerts.
- District Department of Transportation (Parking restrictions, DC Circulator information) http://ddot.dc.gov
- Federal Aviation Administration (Flight restrictions) http://www.faa.gov/news
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metrorail, Metrobus, and Metro Access) http://www.wmata.com
- District Department of Public Works (Trash and recycling collections, Vehicle ticketing and towing) http://dpw.dc.gov
- United States Coast Guard Washington Station (Waterway restrictions) http://www.uscg.mil/d5/stawashingtondc.
- United States Secret Service: http://www.secretservice.gov
- Metropolitan Police Department: http://www.mpdc.gov
- D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (Emergencies and Special Events): http://hsema.dc.gov and http://twitter.com/72_Hours
Below the fold is a comprehensive list of restrictions, closures and information from DC Alerts.
Closures will be coordinated by the Metropolitan Police Department. The closures will begin at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, and continue through approximately 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. All of the following areas will be posted with Emergency No Parking signage. Fencing and other physical barriers will also be in place as will uniformed law enforcement officers. Vehicular traffic will be limited to vehicles with a law enforcement/public safety function.
Pedestrian traffic inside the restricted areas will be limited to residents and owners/employees of local businesses that fall within the secure area. Government issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, non-driver photo ID or passport will be required to gain access.
- New York Avenue NW, eastbound and westbound from 6th Street NW to 7th Street NW and 9th Street NW to 11th Street NW.
- K Street NW, eastbound and westbound from 6th Street NW to 7th Street NW and 9th Street NW to 10th Street NW – Traffic will be allowed to run eastbound and westbound on K Street NW between 7th Street NW and 9th Street NW but will then be diverted southbound on one of those two streets.
- Massachusetts Avenue NW, eastbound and westbound from 9th Street NW to 11th Street NW.
- L Street NW, eastbound and westbound from 6th Street NW to 10th Street NW.
- M Street NW, eastbound and westbound from 6th Street NW to 10th Street NW.
- N Street NW, eastbound and westbound from 6th Street NW to 10th Street NW.
- 7th Street NW, northbound and southbound from O Street NW to Massachusetts Avenue NW.
- 8th Street NW, northbound and southbound from O Street NW to N Street NW.
- 9th Street NW, northbound and southbound from O Street NW to New York Avenue NW.
- 10th Street NW, southbound from L Street NW to New York Avenue NW.
- There will be intermittent closures of other intersections in the vicinity of the Convention Center that will temporarily affect vehicular and pedestrian movement.
Restricted Parking Zone
Vehicular parking restrictions will be coordinated and enforced by the District Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Police Department. All affected areas will be posted with Emergency No Parking signage. The restrictions will not be enforced until Sunday, April 11 at 7 p.m. However, due to ongoing preparations in the area, some parking spaces may be utilized by vendors related to the event starting as early as Friday April 9 at 7 p.m. This start time will be reflected on the Emergency No Parking signs. The restrictions will end on Wednesday, April 14 at 12 p.m. Drivers should take caution in parking in these areas during this period and ensure they are not in a work zone. Worship services in the area will not be affected.
- 7th Street NW from Massachusetts Avenue NW to O Street NW
- 8th Street NW from N Street NW to O Street NW
- 9th Street NW from New York Avenue NW to O Street NW
- 10th Street NW from New York Avenue NW to N Street NW
- 11th Street NW from H Street NW to I Street NW and K Street NW to L Street NW (1150 mid-block)
- 12th Street NW from H Street NW to I Street NW and K Street NW to L Street NW (1150 mid-block)
- 13th Street NW from H Street NW to I Street NW and the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW
- 14th Street NW near the intersection of New York Avenue NW
- N Street NW from 6th Street NW to 12th Street NW
- M Street NW from 6th Street NW to 10th Street NW
- L Street NW from 6th Street NW to 12th Street NW
- K Street NW from 6th Street NW to 10th Street NW
- Massachusetts Avenue NW from 6th Street NW to 13th Street NW
- New York Avenue NW from 6th Street NW to 14th Street NW (mid-block)
- H Street NW from 13th Street NW to 14th Street NW (mid-block)
- I Street NW and intersection of 11th Street NW
- Rhode Island Avenue NW (1100 block – Connecticut Avenue NW, including Logan Circle) from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 12 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13
Pedestrians who approach the secure perimeter fencing around the Convention Center will be subject to a visual inspection for weapons.
Guidance for Residents/Businesses near the Convention Center
Residents of McCollough Terrace Apartments: Resident access to the apartment complex will be facilitated through a security checkpoint at 7th Street NW and O Street NW. Residents will be required to show photo identification as proof of residence. McCollough Terrace apartment residents will be required to escort their guests. Residents and guests wishing to access the McCollough Terrace apartments will be required to submit to a screening of packages, baggage and persons. School-age residents of McCollough Terrace apartments who do not have a government issued photo ID will be allowed access to their residences after being screened.
Only after submitting to a security screening will the U.S. Postal Service and other commercial delivery businesses be permitted to make deliveries to the McCollough Terrace apartments.
Parking for McCoullough Terrace Apartments: McCoullough Terrace apartment residents who are being displaced from their parking lot may park on O Street NW (north and south side of 600 block).
The Mt. Vernon Square (7th St-Convention Center Metrorail Station, Yellow and Green Lines) will close on Sunday, April 11 at midnight and will reopen at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14. Trains will be able to pass through the station, but passengers will not be allowed to access the station. Metro Access will not be able to provide paratransit service within the security zone.
Thirteen Metrobus routes are expected to be impacted. The routes are 42, 63, 64, 70, 71, 79, 80, D4, G8, P6, S2, S4, and X2. Metrobuses will continue to operate; however, with street closures around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, those buses will be detoured. Specific Metrobus detour information will be available on Metro’s website early next week at www.wmata.com.
Metrobus riders whose routes are impacted by the street closures should plan for their bus trips to take a significant amount of additional travel time starting at 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. Regular Metrobus service is expected to resume the morning of Wednesday, April 14.
DC Circulator Rerouting
Due to roadway closures in and around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC Circulator buses will be detoured and rerouted from 8 a.m. on Monday, April 12 through 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.
The Georgetown-Union Station route will be divided into two separate routes. Route A will be the east/west route from Georgetown but will stop prior to the Convention Center and turn around. It will not continue through to Union Station. Passengers wishing to continue through will need to disembark the bus and walk to the other side of the Convention Center to connect to another Circulator bus. All other normal stops will remain the same. The turnaround for this route is as follows:
- East/West (from Georgetown)
- K Street (heading east)
- Right onto 13th Street NW
- Right onto I Street NW
- Right onto 14th Street NW
- Left onto K Street NW
Route B will be the west/east route from Union Station to the Convention Center. It will not continue through to Georgetown. Passengers wishing to continue through will need to disembark the bus and walk to the other side of the Convention Center to connect to another Circulator bus. All other normal stops will remain the same. The turnaround for this route is as follows:
- West/East (from Union Station)
- Massachusetts Avenue NW (heading west)
- Right onto 6th Street NW
- Right onto K Street NW
- Right onto 5th Street NW
- Left onto Massachusetts Avenue NW
The Convention Center/SW Waterfront route will terminate at I Street NW. Service will not be allowed around the Convention Center. The turnaround for this route is as follows:
- 7th Street (heading north)
- Left onto I Street NW
- Left onto 9th Street NW
The Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/McPherson Square route and Union Station/Navy Yard via Capitol Hill route are not affected.
The public will see an increased U.S. Coast Guard presence on the water April 12 and 13 as units of the Coast Guard Station, Washington, D.C. begin operating an increased patrol schedule throughout the National Capital Region during the NSS.
The increased homeland security initiatives will include extra patrols and the deployment of additional crewmembers and resources. The Coast Guard will work closely with federal, state and local law enforcement partners to protect the waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
The Coast Guard’s initiatives are one of many layers of increased security during the NSS. The Coast Guard will continue to perform its standard missions of search, rescue and law enforcement in addition to their homeland security responsibilities.
An interagency airspace security plan will be implemented to provide secure airspace over the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisory listing enhanced restrictions was released on March 19, 2010.
The NOTAM discussed in the March 19 advisory may change with little or no notice. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area. Pilots are strongly advised to contact a Flight Service Station at 1-800-992-7433 prior to flight to check for all current NOTAMs.
Pilots may also contact FAA Air Traffic Systems Operations Security at 1-866-598-9522 or through the FAA’s website.
The NSS will affect some services delivered by the District’s Department of Public Works (DPW). Residential trash and recycling collections along the restricted streets within the perimeter will be suspended Tuesday, April 13. The normal collection schedule will be followed Friday, April 9 and 16. The next recycling collection will be made on Tuesday, April 20. Residents are asked to check the map of streets within the perimeter to determine if their street will be affected.
DPW will begin ticketing and towing vehicles from designated streets once the Emergency No Parking restrictions go into effect. Please call 202-576-6071 to locate vehicles that may have been towed.