Inauguration preparations underway, extensive road closures ahead

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WASHINGTON DC -- Not all roads will lead where your GPS says they will this week as Washington DC prepares for the Presidential Inauguration Friday.

A massive rehearsal for the swearing in ceremony took place Sunday morning causing some temporary road closures but the bulk of restrictions start on Wednesday.

By Sunday afternoon, visitors to the Capitol had trouble finding parking due to parking restrictions and got to witness some of the preparations taking place within the National Mall with hundreds of plastic squares being laid across the grass to get ready for the masses.

Some people, like Rich Cunningham of Alexandria, are so excited to attend their first inauguration that they visited the Capitol on Sunday.

"This one will be historical from the standpoint that it's a private citizen (Donald Trump) who hasn't served in government before," said Cunningham. "There is a lot of historical significance to it so I'm very proud of the man I helped during the campaign and I'm really looking forward to it."

About 1 million visitors are expected for Trump's inauguration.

Here is a link for more information regarding street closures in the DC area.

Elected and public safety leaders have encouraged travelers to take advantage of public transportation to try and ease traffic congestion later this week.