Many D.C. roads and bridges to close on Inauguration Day

To cope with the influx of visitors on Inauguration Day, federal and local officials in the nation’s capital have come up with a traffic-management plan that will close bridges, highways and several D.C. neighborhoods to private vehicles.

According to the Washington Post’s account, officials expect up to 3 million visitors and as many as 10,000 charter buses.

To keep things moving and to have evacuation routes in the event of an emergency, the inbound lanes of all five Potomac River bridges will be closed to private vehicles from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Inauguration Day.

Only buses, taxis, limos and “authorized vehicles” will be permitted. Two of the bridges, the Roosevelt and 14th Street, will also be closed to pedestrians and cyclists. The same restrictions will apply to two of the five bridges (Douglass and 11th Street) crossing the Anacostia River on the city’s east side.

Also, broad areas south of the National Mall and north of the White House (north to P Street and from 11th to 21st Street) will be designated for charter bus parking and will be off-limits to private vehicles. That area includes a number of major hotels, including the St. Regis, Capital Hilton and the Mayflower.

The affected hotels were reported to be taking steps to cope with the lack of delivery service for food and other supplies, and the lack of mobility for staff.

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