Major DC traffic closures for museum opening

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens tomorrow, and the dedication ceremony means big street closures and traffic disruption all over DC.

The closures are as follows:

  • Constitution Avenue will be closed from 12th Street N.W. to 18th Street N.W. in both directions
  • All eastbound traffic will be diverted to northbound 18th Street N.W. from Constitution Avenue N.W.
  • All southbound traffic on 17th Street N.W. will be diverted to westbound Constitution Avenue N.W.
  • All westbound traffic will be diverted to northbound 12th Street N.W. from Constitution Avenue N.W.
  • NOTE: The 12th Street tunnel will remain open during this time period
  • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. to Maine Avenue S.W.
  • 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. to Independence Avenue S.W.
  • (Access to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center will be via 13½ Street N.W. during this time period)
  • Madison Drive N.W. from Seventh Street N.W. to 15th Street N.W.
  • Jefferson Drive S.W. from Seventh Street S.W. to 15th Street S.W.

These closures will be in effect beginning Saturday, September 24, and major traffic disruption is expected to begin Friday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. and last through Saturday, September 24, until approximately 5:00 p.m.

The following closures will continue from 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 23, until approximately 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25:

  • 15th Street from Constitution Avenue N.W. to Maine Avenue S.W.
  • Madison Drive N.W. from Seventh Street N.W. to 15th Street N.W.
  • Jefferson Drive S.W. from Seventh Street S.W. to 15th Street S.W.

The following closures will be in effect from 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 25, until approximately 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25:

  • Constitution Avenue will be closed from 14th Street N.W. to 18th Street N.W. in both directions
  • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. to Maine Avenue S.W.
  • All eastbound traffic will be diverted to northbound 18th Street N.W. from Constitution Avenue N.W.
  • All southbound traffic on 17th Street N.W. will be diverted to westbound Constitution Avenue N.W.

In addition, due to these street closures, there will be no public or bus parking near the museum for the dedication ceremony. All visitors to the National Mall are encouraged to use Metro; the nearest stops to the museum are Smithsonian and Federal Triangle (orange, blue and silver lines).

At this time, Metro’s SafeTrack project is not expected to have an impact on this event. For the most current information about Metro, visit www.wmata.com.