D.C. interstates may be closed for presidential inauguration

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The Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation has requested approval of a plan to temporarily close segments of several interstates to all traffic except motor coaches and buses for one day because of the presidential inauguration.

The request published in the Federal Register today, Jan. 7, asks for the closures of I-395 from the 14th Street Bridge to New York Avenue, I-695 from the 3rd Street Tunnel to the 11th Street Bridges, and I-295 from I-695 to DC-295 on Tuesday, Jan. 20, beginning at 12 a.m. ET for one consecutive 24-hour period. I-395 would be closed to general purpose traffic at New York Avenue up to the 14th Street Bridge. I-695 would be closed to general purpose traffic at the 11th Street Bridges. I-295 would be closed to general purpose traffic at Pennsylvania Avenue.

The request has been made to the Federal Highway Administration for the purposes of safety and security in and around the Capitol Building, as well as for the critically needed space to park a portion of the expected 10,000 buses bringing people into the Washington area on Jan. 20.