Nuclear Security Summit Will Snarl Traffic in DC

Commuters traveling to DC today will feel the impact of the Nuclear Security Summit scheduled for April 12 and 13. The summit is expected to draw about 800 people, including state leaders and their security details, and will have a major effect on traffic and public transportation throughout the region.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) continues to work in partnership with District and federal agencies in a coordinated effort for the pending Nuclear Security Summit scheduled to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center April 12 and 13. Travelers to the District are reminded to:

  • Plan ahead
  • Telecommute as an option
  • Alter drive times
  • Alter routes
  • Map out routes before leaving for your destination
  • Monitor media and traffic alerts
  • Check Twitter (@DDOTDC) before you leave (do not text and drive)
  • Take transit
  • Be prepared for unexpected delays
  • Please be patient

E-Mail Address

In an effort to further assist with traffic plans and detours, DDOT has established an e-mail address where the public can send questions, concerns, complaints or complements. The e-mail address is nuclearsecuritysummit@dc.gov. The e-mail will be monitored during hours in which the DDOT Command Center is operational which are Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and Wednesday, April 14 between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Any e-mails received outside of these hours will be answered once the center reopens. The e-mail is specific to this event and will be disabled at 2:30 p.m. on April 14. DDOT encourages anyone who needs additional information to send in their requests.

Parking Restrictions

DDOT wants to remind the public that in addition to previously announced road closures, parking restrictions will also be in place in various locations throughout the city. Some parking restrictions may not be security related but have been implemented in order to assist with traffic flow outside of the secure zone in an effort to decrease possible gridlock and delays. These include but are not limited to I Street between 11th and Pennsylvania Avenue and L Street between 11th and Pennsylvania Avenue in northwest. DDOT reminds motorists to be mindful of posted “Emergency No Parking” signs and to not park in posted areas as ticketing and towing will be enforced. Road closures and a map of restricted areas may be found on the DDOT website at ddot.dc.gov.

DC Circulator Rerouting (Please note a new route has been added since previous release*)

Due to roadway closures in and around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC Circulator buses will be detoured and rerouted from 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 11 through 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.

The standard Georgetown-Union Station route will be divided into tow separate routes.

Route A will be the east/west route from Georgetown but will stop prior to the Convention Center and turn around. It will not continue through to Union Station. Passengers wishing to continue through will need to disembark the bus and walk to the other side of the Convention Center to connect to another Circulator bus. All other normal stops will remain the same. The turnaround for this route is as follows:

  • East/West (from Georgetown)
  • K Street (heading east)
  • Right ont11th Street NW
  • Right onto I Street NW
  • Right onto 14th Street NW
  • Left onto K Street NW

Route B will be the west/east route from Union Station to the Convention Center. It will not continue through to Georgetown. Passengers wishing to continue through will need to disembark the bus and walk tthe other side of the Convention Center to connect to another Circulator bus. All other normal stops will remain the same. The turnaround for this route is as follows:

  • West/East (from Union Station)
  • Massachusetts Avenue NW (heading west)
  • Right ont6th Street NW
  • Right onto K Street NW
  • Right onto 5th Street NW
  • Left onto Massachusetts Avenue NW

*DDOT will also run a route that will go all the way through from Georgetown Union Station, however, the route will take an additional 25 minutes or more based on congestion and any traffic delays. This will allow disabled riders the opportunity take the Circulator without having disembark and walk another location. The detour around the Convention Center will be:

  • K St
  • Left on 11th Street
  • Right onto O Street
  • Right onto 6th Street
  • Left onto Mass Avenue

The Convention Center/SW Waterfront route will terminate at I Street NW. Service will not be allowed around the Convention Center. The turnaround for this route is as follows:

  • 7th Street (heading north)
  • Left onto I Street NW
  • Left onto 9th Street NW

Inter-City Bus Departure and Drop-off Change

Inter-City buses that normally depart and drop off at the parking lot located at City Center Parking Lot (the old convention center site) at 9th Street between New York Avenue and H Street will be relocating their operations to Union Station April 12-14. Check with specific carriers for additional information. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, April 15.

In addition, the 30 bus parking spaces normally available at the City Center Parking Lot will not be accessible during the same time frame. Other locations have been identified in the city. For additional information on the alternate locations visit the DDOT web site at ddot.dc.gov.

Public Space Prohibition and Restrictions

All work on public space is prohibited in the secure zone from April 11 – 14. Other restrictions may be in place throughout the city due to security and traffic plans. Construction projects outside the central city core should be able to conduct business as usual unless already notified. Contact DDOT’s Public Space Office at 535-2269 for additional information.