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Traffic Changes, Increased Police Presence Planned for Inauguration Day

Capitol dome at night with the Pentagon in the foreground

Getting around in Arlington on Inauguration Day tomorrow shouldn’t be much of a challenge, but there will be important changes of note for those heading into the District.

VDOT has announced the following traffic changes for Friday:

  • I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m. on January 20. HOV lanes on I-395 will re-open southbound upon the conclusion of the Inaugural parade.
  • HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-66 (as well as on I-395 when the lanes reopen Friday evening).
  • Memorial Bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic and authorized vehicle traffic only.

The Key Bridge and Chain Bridge will be open to all traffic, as will the I-395 main lanes and I-66.

Metrorail, meanwhile will open at 4 a.m. and will run at near-rush hour service levels through 9 p.m. The Pentagon Metro station and several stations in the District, however, will be closed for security reasons.

Arlington County has additional resources and guides for those taking transit or walking into D.C. for the inauguration.

ACPD says there are no known credible threats but is stepping up security around the county, including in Metro stations.

“Arlington County Police have increased patrols for Friday,” the department said. “There are no credible threats in the area but as with all large scale events, the public is encouraged to remain vigilant.”

“Traffic in Arlington County will be impacted on Friday and motorists should be prepared for congestion, delays and detours,” ACPD added. “Use of public transportation is encouraged. If you must drive, be sure to have a full tank of gas before you leave, or you may become stranded while waiting in traffic.”

Though many bridges are open, once drivers get into the District they will have to contend with major detours and closures, including the closure of numerous streets around the White House, the Capitol and the inaugural parade route.

Additional inauguration resources are available on the Arlington County website.

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