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POLL: Will the Nuclear Security Summit Cause a Meltdown for Commuters?

by Tim Regan — March 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

The Nuclear Security Summit will be in town Thursday and Friday, and it might bring with it a mess for commuters.

International heads of state and government officials will convene at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Thursday and Friday, meaning street closures, parking restrictions and even the temporary shuttering of the Mount Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro station.

Oh, and did we mention the protest with the “giant inflatable nuke” slated for McPherson Square Friday at noon?

Naturally, the summit and surrounding hoopla will cause at least one “tough traffic day,” Chris Geldart, Director of the Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency, said at a press conference. That is, for drivers commuting in the area around the convention center.

But it might not be a total travel nightmare for everyone in the city, according to The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock,” Robert Thomson, who points to the papal visit in September and the recent Metro shutdown as evidence that local commuters can handle disruptive events just fine.

What do you think? Are we in for a total commuter meltdown during the Nuclear Security Summit? Or will we be just fine?

Let us know by voting in our poll below. And if you feel especially talkative, tell us how you plan to handle your commute that day in the comments.

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