Commuters may find it difficult to travel in and around downtown DC beginning Wednesday evening, as leaders from across the globe come together for the fourth Nuclear Security Summit 2016.
The two most significant impacts that transit users could face include the closure of the Mount Vernon Square Metro station (which is located in the secure perimeter of the summit) and detouring of some of the Metrobus routes (such as the Washington Convention Center, the venue for the summit). The travel will be affected beginning Wednesday evening, while it is expected to come back to normalcy around noon Saturday.
WUSA9 noted some of the streets that will remain closed with limited pedestrian traffic starting March 30th until April 2nd noontime. These include New York Avenue, NW from 6th Street, NW to 11th Street, NW; Massachusetts Avenue, NW from 6th Street, NW to 9th Street, NW; K Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW; L Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW; and M Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW.
Meanwhile, the following streets will be limited to pedestrian traffic on March 31st: 15th Street, NW, South bound bike lane from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to 14th Street, NW from 2 pm to 10 pm; 17th Street, NW, North bound lane from Constitution Avenue, NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 2 pm to 10 pm; and 22nd Street, NW, North and South bound from Constitution Avenue, NW to C Street, NW from 4 pm to 9 pm.
These streets will see no residential or meter parking through Sunday, April 2nd noontime: New York Avenue, NW from 6th Street, NW to 14th Street, NW; Massachusetts Avenue, NW from 6th Street, NW to 13th Street, NW; K Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW; and L Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 12th Street, NW.
The complete list of street closures can be viewed here.
For those commuting by the metro, the Washington Post noted that the Mount Vernon Square station will be skipped by the Green and Yellow lines starting around 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday evening. On the other hand, the changes in bus routes are expected to start 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday noontime. Metro commuters are advised to change over to Metrorail – for which a free bus to rail transfers on affected routes is also being provided.
A complete list of affected bus stops can be viewed here.