Friday, January 11, 2013

Inauguration impacts on the neighborhood, Sunday 20 Jan - Tues 22 Jan.

The United States Secret Service held a briefing at the Convention Center to discuss issues relative to the inaugural activities scheduled to be held at the Convention Center and their impact on the neighborhood.   Approximately 45,000 people are scheduled to attend festivities at the Center on inauguration day; security will be tight. 

On Monday, January 21, 2013 the Mount Vernon Place Metro Stop will be open from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. only.  Persons departing the Metro at Mount Vernon Place Stop will be directed to 6th and M Streets.  They will not be allowed to pass under the Center to the west. 

The secure area runs from K Street on the south to O Street on the North and 6th Street on the east to 10th Street on the west.  No-parking signs will go up at noon on January 19.  Sunday, January 20 at 6 p.m. street closures will go into effect.  There will be barriers and bike racks in place to secure the perimeter. 

Important note: If you live in the secure area you will be allowed in with a government-issued ID.  If you have guests coming, you may have to meet them at a checkpoint and escort them to your residence.   These access restrictions will be in place from Sunday night at 6 p.m. through Monday night.

Pedestrians will be allowed to walk on the east side of 7th Street and the west side of 9th Street.

Businesses along 7th and 9th Street will not have access to their adjacent parking lots. 

Deliveries to any local businesses should be made before midnight on Sunday night if possible.  There will be no trucks allowed inside the perimeter.

Elsewhere in the city there will be times when Metro service will be limited.  Also, the Third Street tunnel will be closed.

Barrier removal and clean-up will occur during the day on Tuesday, January 22.

You can contact the Secret Service at 202-406-8403 or at

Many thanks to Elizabeth Blakeslee for compiling these notes.

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