D.C. risks having a downtown traffic meltdown when the Nuclear Security Summit rolls into town next week.
International heads of state and government officials will convene at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center between March 31 and April 1 for the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, according to the White House.
Street closures around the White House and the Convention Center begin to take effect on March 29 and last until April 2. Additionally, the Mt. Vernon Square Metro stop will be closed between March 30 and April 1.
“The closure is necessary because Mt Vernon Square Station falls within the secure perimeter for the summit, a designated National Special Security Event that is expected to bring together heads of state from dozens of countries,” Metro writes in a press release.
A crowd of runners will occupy several roads near Howard University tomorrow as they compete in the school’s “Sprinting for Glory” 5K race.
The run is part of Howard’s homecoming week celebrations, which start Saturday and end Oct. 3.
Streets along the race route will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to noon, including:
- W Street NW between 4th and 6th streets NW
- 6th Street NW between W and Gersham streets NW
- 4th Street NW between Bryant and W streets NW
The name of the race comes from this year’s homecoming theme: Glory. A portion of the proceeds from the race will go to the Diabetes Treatment Center at Howard University Hospital.
Individuals or teams of runners can register for the race online.
Photo via Twitter.com/BisonHomecoming
Have you heard? The pope is coming, and with his visit comes road closures, transit changes and extra security across the District. But will it be the end of the world? Pope-alypse? Pope-mageddon? Probably not.
Residents across the Borderstan coverage area will likely feel the effects of Pope Francis’ visit on Wednesday, when the pope will hold mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Dupont Circle after parading around the White House.
Here’s our big infodump-y list of what to expect from the Pope’s visit:
Where Pope Francis Will Be
- Pope Francis will meet with President Obama Wednesday morning, which will be followed by a parade around the White House along Constitution Avenue NW and 15th and 17th streets NW
- The pope’s motorcade will then go from the White House to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle at 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, where he will hold a midday prayer with U.S. bishops.
- He will then head to Catholic University to hold mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
- LGBT Catholics will gather outside of the Human Rights Campaign offices at 17th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW to greet the pope as his motorcade passes en route to the cathedral
Where Pope Francis Will Not Be
Those looking to avoid the pope and road closures altogether should stay north of O Street NW. Places to avoid include Massachusetts Avenue near the Naval Observatory on Tuesday night, Farragut Square, Dupont, Catholic University and Brookland on Wednesday and the U.S. Capitol and downtown on Thursday.
- Rhode Island Avenue NW between Connecticut Avenue NW and 17th Street NW will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday
- Several roads around the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle will close intermittently between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. including:
– M Street NW between Connecticut Avenue NW and 17th Street NW
– Connecticut Avenue NW between 18th Street NW and Desales Street NW
– 17th Street NW between M and N streets NW
- Parking will be prohibited between midnight and 3 p.m. Wednesday in a one-block radius from the Cathedral including:
– Rhode Island Avenue NW between 17th Street NW and Connecticut Avenue NW
– M Street NW between Connecticut Avenue NW and the BB&T bank halfway down the block
- Parking will be limited from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Thursday between 11th and 12th streets NW and between K and O streets NW
- Service on all lines will be increased during the midday and evenings. Metro does not have the capacity to increase service during rush hours and expects trains to be very crowded at those times
- Bicycles and large coolers will not be allowed on Metro trains Wednesday or Thursday
- Bags, packages and containers may be searched at Metro stations
- There is no scheduled track work on any lines during the Pope’s visit
- Updated information will be made available online
- 37, D1, D3, H1 and S1 buses will not operate on Wednesday or Thursday
Several bus routes have been shortened from due to road closures along their routes. Those bus lines are:
- 42 and 43 will only operate between Mt. Pleasant and 9th Street NW and F Street NW from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 2 p.m. Thursday
- N2 and N4 will only operate between Friendship Heights and the National Cathedral at 34th Street NW and Garfield Street NW from 9 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Thursday.
- N3 and N6 will only operate between Friendship Heights and Dupont Circle from 9 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Thursday
- S2 and S4 will only operate between Silver Spring and McPherson Square from 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to 2 p.m. Wednesday
- The Dupont Circle-Georgetown-Rosslyn and Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square lines will run every 15 minutes starting at noon on Wednesday and lasting until Thursday evening
- D.C. Public Schools will all be open for the entirety of the Pope’s visit. School officials warn that road closures and crowds may affect transportation to and from school and said parents can contact the Parent Resource Center at 202-576-5000 for transportation-related questions during the Pope’s visit.
Several charter schools will be closed on Wednesday, including:
- All Carlos Rosario International Charter School locations
- All Center City Public Charter School locations
- E.L. Hayned Public Charter School
- All KIPP D.C. locations
Places to Celebrate
- Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle will hold a pope-themed rooftop party Tuesday night with foods from Pope Francis’ native Argentina. Tickets are $25
- Rumors Bar and Grill has a special pope sandwich on their menu this week
- Posto restaurant on 14th Street NW will offer a tasting menu of Roman dishes in honor of the pope’s visit
- Here’s a list of pope drink specials popping up across town
A water main being repaired has closed the stretch of Fairmont Street between Georgia and Sherman avenues NW for up to 8 to 10 hours, says D.C. Water.
Motorists are being advised to avoid the street.
From D.C. Police:
DC WATER reports water main repairs at 752 Fairmont St between Georgia Ave and Sherman Ave NW are closed for up to 8 to 10 hours. Please avoid the area. MPD, FEMS, OUC, and DDOT have been notified.
Photo via Google Street View
The Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon will bring more than 24,000 runners and walkers to the District this Saturday, March 16, which means only one thing — road closures.
Most road closures and detours will be in effect between the hours of 7 am and 2 pm (the race begins at 7:30 am). The full road closures grid and interactive road closures map are both available online‘.
Several roads in the Borderstan area are part of the race course, including:
- Bryant Street NW, from North Capitol Street NW to 4th Street NW
- 4th Street NW/5th Street NW, from Bryant Street NW to Harvard Street NW
- Harvard Street NW, from 5th Street NW to Columbia Road NW
- Columbia Road NW, from 5 Street NW to Calvert Street NW
Streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed.