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Weekend Closures for MLK Day, Inauguration

by Katie Pyzyk January 18, 2013 at 11:50 am 1,712 31 Comments

A number of road and government closures will be in place on Monday for the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and for the Presidential Inauguration.

The following government offices will be closed on Monday, January 21:

  • Libraries
  • Courts
  • Parks, community centers and nature centers (except Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center, which is open from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
  • Schools
  • Human Services

Parking meters will not be enforced on Monday. Trash and recycling pickup will run on a normal schedule, but the call center will be closed.

ART will run a Saturday schedule on Routes 41, 51, 77 & 87. ART will also run a special Inauguration schedule on the ART 42. All other routes will not operate. Metrorail will be open on Monday from 4:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Rush hour service runs from 4:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and peak fares will be in effect.

The following roads and bridges will be closed or restricted on Monday for the Inauguration:

  • I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 9:00 a.m. HOV lanes on I-395 will re-open southbound at the end of the Inaugural address. I-395 main lanes and I-66 will be open to all traffic.
  • All traffic on the 14th Street Bridge will be diverted by MPD onto the Southeast/Southwest freeway beginning at 5:30 a.m.
  • Traffic coming across the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge will be diverted into northbound Potomac River Expressway to Pennsylvania Avenue or Whitehurst Freeway/K Street.
  • Memorial Bridge is restricted to pedestrians and authorized vehicles only.

In addition to the numerous road closures in the District, U.S. Park Police will also close the following Virginia roads starting at 5:00 a.m. on Monday:

  • Route 27/Washington Blvd at Route 50 Bypass (at 5:30 a.m. when ACPD closes Route 27, closure moves to Northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway ramp to Memorial Bridge)
  • Southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway at the ramp to Memorial Bridge
  • Southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway at the ramp to Southbound Route 27/Washington Blvd
  • Southbound Boundary Channel Drive at the ramp to Route 27/Washington Blvd
  • Northbound Route 110 ramp to Memorial Drive. All vehicles will be forced to take a left to Arlington National Cemetery. All vehicles exiting Arlington National Cemetery must take Route 110 South.

  • jjj

    Just the offices for the parks will be closed, right? The actual parks will still be open to visitors?

    • Katie Pyzyk

      That’s correct.

  • bobbytiger

    And, for those who celebrate Lee-Jackson Day (today), there will be no changes in the bus schedules, trash collection, or government or school closings.

    • FrenchyB

      Thanks, I’m celebrating Grant-Sherman Day instead.

      • BallstonHomeowner

        Do other countries have holidays in honor of losing generals? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I doubt Germany celebrates Rommel Day or Japan does Yamamoto Day.

        • WeiQiang

          every 4 Apr, I don my obi and down some saki.

          • pol

            Which is half-price at Ping in Shirington n Thursdays btw.

          • WeiQiang

            … sake.

          • novasteve

            nihonshu, if we’re going to be elitists here.

          • WeiQiang

            nope. thanks. you’re the only one wanting to jump on the elitist bandwagon apparently … er, festwagen der musikkapelle

        • novasteve

          Yakasuni shrine much? in Berlin there are tons of statues to losing german generals. Ironic you pick the two axis leaders that probably most in the west would object ot least. Rommel was implicated in the plot to kill hitler and has been viewed very favorably in history and by his opponents. Yamamoto was against the war from the beginning and is viewed by history as being a very capable admiral doing his duty.. However had you picked some Waffen SS general other than General Bittrich, you would have made a better argument.

          • BallstonHomeowner

            My bad Steve. I picked two losing generals that most here would be familiar with. Though somehow it’s not surprising you have knowledge of Nazi generals.

          • novasteve

            What’s that supposed to mean Ballstonhomeowner?

          • drax

            Oh, no, BH, that one’s sure to backfire badly.

          • Rory

            What WWII losing german generals do they have statues to?

            I wasn’t aware of any, I’m curious.

        • novasteve

          Have you ever been to canada? All they do is honor British generals who lost the US revolution, and their most prideful moment in canadian history is burning the whitehouse during the war of 1812 which they arguably lost as well. They have an entire society called the United Empire Loyalists devoted to their lost cause.

      • WeiQiang

        not that i’m complaining, but why do Carey Grant and Bobby Sherman have their own “day”?

        • tce

          … funny thing I was thinking the same about Stan Lee and Michael Jackson… why do they get a day?

          As an American I’d rather celebrate a day for U.S. Grant and W.T. Sherman over some rebels. But if we are discussing true Virginian’s… well there’s Gen. George Thomas.

          • FrenchyB

            Good pull. Add Winfield Scott to that list as well.

        • novasteve

          The reason why the North took so long to win was that their generals for the most part sucked. The southern generals were vastly more competent.

          • WeiQiang

            competent generals lost to drunk generals? say it ain’t so. aside from the ethically-bankrupt and ordained-to-failure philosophies of the South, they would never have had the industrial depth and logistical wherewithal to win. i’d say they may have been tactically-competent and strategically doomed from the get-go.

            the south hasn’t seemed to change much.

          • Rory

            True, that and that the South was far more united.

  • QP Doll

    Lee-Jackson Day is only observed in Virginia. I’m so old that I remember when it was “Martin Luther King-Lee-Jackson Day.” Oh the irony.

    • drax

      But blacks supported the Confederacy! Entire black regiments fought for the south at Bull Run! Don’t you read your Virginia history textbooks?

      (Basis for my joke for those who have forgotten: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/curriculum/the-rich-irony-in-virginias-hi.html)

    • Hey Brah!

      It’s celebrated in other southern states. One of my friends with to the University of Tennessee and they still called it Lee-Jackson-King Day.

      • drax

        The South is really really weird.

        • novasteve

          Drax: Canada celebrate’s britains loss in the Revolutionary war. I would recommend you go check out some of the monuments, etc they have in Toronto, Ottawa, etc…

  • xarl

    well that gives lie to the victors writing the textbooks, or getting them approved, anyway. but all the noise against evolution is, to me, even scarier

    • xarl

      sorry–reply to drax

  • BuckeyeGal

    Sorry fellas, it is in honor of famous women, Harper Lee and Mahalia Jackson.

  • Juanita de Talmas

    All I know is I went to renew my drivers license and the damn place was closed for Lee-Jackson Day. Grrrrr.


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