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Thread: Tidal Basin, Memorial Bridge, Lincoln Memorial Street closures

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    Default Tidal Basin, Memorial Bridge, Lincoln Memorial Street closures

    Metropolitan Police and National Park Service announce street closures around the tidal basin area and environs, effective today, 3/22. Includes the Memorial Bridge. Unknown to me whether the closure includes bicycles. I was down there on early Thursday evening, and it was the usual cherry blossom traffic snarl.

    https://mpdc.dc.gov/release/traffic-...treet-closures

    Closures include:

    The Memorial Bridge
    Lincoln Memorial Circle
    Potomac River Freeway (all exits to Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue)
    Rock Creek Parkway/Potomac Parkway Drive between Virginia Avenue and Independence Avenue, SW (to include Ohio Drive, SW)
    Independence Avenue between Ohio Drive and 14th Street, SW
    23rd Street between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
    Henry Bacon Drive between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
    17th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
    15th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
    Maine Avenue between Independence and 12th Street, SW
    All vehicular exits to East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park

    MPD adds this note:

    Individuals and groups will encounter delays in the vicinity of this closure. To help flatten the curve, we strongly discourage any Tidal Basin visits because social distancing has not been possible due to visitor volume.

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    Most or all of these roads are open to bicycles and pedestrians. There are quite a few people out but I wouldn't say it's crowded. Definitely consider checking it out.

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    Nevermind: the National Guard will be preventing entry to the Mall and Jefferson Memorial starting tomorrow. Some other streets may still be bike and ped only

    https://www.popville.com/2020/03/dc-...n-coronavirus/

    “As the District continues working to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Muriel Bowser is extending road closures and taking additional measures to restrict access to the Tidal Basin. The Mayor has directed the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to work with the DC National Guard to enforce a restricted access zone around the Tidal Basin until further notice to ensure social distancing and prevent further community transmission of COVID-19. Further, pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be restricted in the area of the National Mall. Members of the public will not be able to enter the Jefferson Memorial or the National Mall in the area bounded by 14th Street to 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue, SW.

    In coordination with the National Park Service, MPD will continue street closures from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

    The Memorial Bridge
    Lincoln Memorial Circle
    Potomac River Freeway (all exits to Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue)
    Rock Creek Parkway/Potomac Parkway Drive between Virginia Avenue and Independence Avenue, SW (to include Ohio Drive, SW)
    Independence Avenue between Ohio Drive and 14th Street, SW
    23rd Street between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
    Henry Bacon Drive between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
    17th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
    15th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
    Maine Avenue between Independence and 12th Street, SW
    All vehicular exits to East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park

    All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions. Vehicles parked along the streets in violation of the emergency no parking signs will be ticketed and towed.”

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    Memorial Bridge walkway was closed this morning. Had to detour via the trollheim and TR.

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    Which is a real pity, seeing how both the 14th Street Bridge and the TR Bridge have much narrower paths

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCAKen View Post
    Which is a real pity, seeing how both the 14th Street Bridge and the TR Bridge have much narrower paths
    Rather than try my luck (plus it was raining) I didn't turn south on the Mt. Vernon Trail toward the 14th St Bridge, opting for TR instead. I can't imagine 14th St is open either.

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    A friend of mine lives in SW DC near the Wharf and works at DCA as a mechanic (he is still working as planes are still flying). National Guard stopped him from going home last night after a 12 hour shift and he had to detour all the way to Georgetown to get back to SW DC. Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty2k1 View Post
    A friend of mine lives in SW DC near the Wharf and works at DCA as a mechanic (he is still working as planes are still flying). National Guard stopped him from going home last night after a 12 hour shift and he had to detour all the way to Georgetown to get back to SW DC. Ouch.
    Does this mean that one cannot use 14th bridge? I saw people on it this morning. Or is it that the roads near the wharf are closed? I will need to get to an appointment near L'Enfant Thursday and since Metro is discouraging riders, I thought I would CaBi there from South Arlington. If I cannot get there from the 14th street bridge (or Memorial) that changes the trip entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrP View Post
    Does this mean that one cannot use 14th bridge? I saw people on it this morning. Or is it that the roads near the wharf are closed? I will need to get to an appointment near L'Enfant Thursday and since Metro is discouraging riders, I thought I would CaBi there from South Arlington. If I cannot get there from the 14th street bridge (or Memorial) that changes the trip entirely.
    I live in SW DC. I rode along the wharf and after I went under 14th Street, the police turned me around. I figured that there must be a way to get to the bridge ramp but I was not in a mood to experiment. If anyone knows, I am also interested.

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    You could try going up to L'Enfant from the Wharf at 9th St SW, cross the Francis Case Memorial pedestrian bridge into East Potomac, then take Ohio over to East Basin drive. I imagine that would route you around the road blocks on the DC side. Not much choice coming from the Virginia side.

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