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U.S.-Africa Summit to close roads, restrict parking in D.C.

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will take place from Monday through Thursday, Aug. 4-7 in D.C., and is expected to severely impact traffic and parking for the duration.

Map outlines U.S.-Africa Summit closures. (Map: WTOP/Dave Dildine)

Road closures, parking restrictions and changes to public transportation routes and public works services will be necessary during the summit, officials said this week.

Many federal government employees have been told they can telecommute from home due to expected high traffic in D.C. next week.

See a list of expected impacts below.

Road Closures

Road Closures - Sunday, Aug. 3

• 29th St. NW between K St. NW and M St. NW from 7/30/14 (12 am) to 8/8/14 (12 am)
• F St. NW between 14th St. NW and 15th St. NW from 8/3/14 (12 am) to 8/8/14 (12 am)
• 23rd St. NW Southbound Curb Lane from E St. NW to Constitution Ave. NW from 8/3/14 (6 am) to 8/7/13 (6 pm)
• 29th St. NW between the Canal Channel to M St. NW from 8/3/14 (12 am) to 8/8/14 (12 am)

Road Closures - Monday, Aug. 4

• Desales St. NW between Connecticut Ave. NW to 17th St. NW from 4pm to 12am
• 22nd St. NW between C St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW from 12am to 6pm
• Maine Ave. SW Westbound between 9th St. SW and 12th St. SW from 8/4/14 (10pm) to 8/5/14 (6pm)
• Maine Ave. SW Eastbound between Ohio Dr. SW and 9th St. SW from 8/4/14 (10pm) to 8/5/14 (6pm)
• Maine Ave. Frontage Rd. between the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and 14th St. SW & D St. SW from 8/4/14 (10pm) to 8/5/14 (6pm)
• Maine Ave. ramp between Southwest Freeway and 14th St. SW from 8/4/14 (10pm) to 8/5/14 (6pm)
• D St. SW between 12th St. SW and 14th St. SW from 8/4/14 (10pm) to 8/5/14 (6pm)
• 12th St. SW between Independence Ave. and Maine Ave. restricted to visitors with official business and owners and employees from 8/4/14 (10pm) to 8/5/14 (6pm)
• 13th St. SW between C St. SW and D St. SW from 8/4/14 (10pm) to 8/5/14 (6pm)

Road Closures - Tuesday, Aug. 5

• Maryland Ave. SW will be Eastbound only from 12th St. SW for vehicles exiting parking garages off 12th St. South of Maryland Ave. from 6am to 6pm
• 15th St. NW Southbound Curb lane only between H St. NW and E St. NW /Pennsylvania Ave. NW from 2pm to 11pm
• 17th St. NW Northbound curb lane only between C St. NW and H St. NW from 2pm to 11pm

Road Closures - Wednesday, Aug. 6

• Constitution Ave. ramp Westbound between 23rd St. NW and Rock Creek Parkway Merge to the Roosevelt Bridge from 12am to 6:30pm
• Constitution Ave. ramp Eastbound between E St. (exit off the Roosevelt Bridge) to 23rd St. from 12am to 6:30pm. All traffic must exit onto Independence Ave. and proceed to the Tidal Basin to 17th St. NW, continue on Independence Ave. Eastbound or Ohio Dr. eastbound
• Constitution Ave. Westbound two outermost lanes will be closed from 19th St. NW to Henry Bacon Dr. from 12am to 6:30pm. Eastbound traffic is open with lane restrictions to Henry Bacon, northbound on Henry Bacon to Lincoln Memorial Circle, to the Arlington Memorial Bridge (see exception below)
• Virginia Ave. Eastbound only between 23rd St. NW and 18th St. NW from 12am to 6:30pm. Virginia Ave. Westbound will remain open
• Constitution Ave. both directions between 17th St. NW and 23rd St. NW from 12pm to 2:30pm. Traffic southbound from 18th/19th St. will be allowed to flow eastbound on Constitution Ave. NW during this time
• Constitution Ave. Eastbound all lanes open with restricted access to Henry Bacon. All Westbound Constitution traffic will be forced onto Henry Bacon and over the Memorial Bridge. Arlington Memorial Bridge and Rock Creek Parkway will funnel through Lincoln Memorial Circle to Henry Bacon Ave. to Constitution
• C St. NW both sides between Virginia Ave. NW and 23rd St. NW from 12am to 6:30pm
• D St. NW between E St. Expressway and Virginia Ave. NW from 12am to 6:30pm
• 19th St. NW Southbound curb lane only between E St. NW and Virginia Ave. NW from 12am to 6:30pm
• 20th St. NW between C St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW from 12am to 6pm
• 21st St. NW between C St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW from 12am to 6:30pm
• 21st St. NW between E St. NW and Virginia Ave. NW from 12am to 6:30pm
• 22nd St. NW between C St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW from 12am to 6:30pm
• 23rd St. NW both sides between Lincoln Memorial Circle NW and E St. NW from 12am to 6:30pm

Restricted Parking Zones

Vehicular parking restrictions will be coordinated and enforced by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). All affected areas will be posted with "Emergency: No Parking" signage.

August 3, 2014 (6am) - August 7, 2014 (6pm):

• F St. between 15th St. NW and 14th St. NW
• 29th St. NW between K St. and M St. NW
• 23rd St. NW Southbound Curb Lane Constitution Ave. NW to E St. NW
• Water St. NW between 34th St. NW and 33rd St. NW

August 5, 2014 (12am) - August 5, 2014 (6pm):

• Maine Ave. SW Eastbound between Ohio Dr. SW and 6th St. SW
• Maine Ave. SW Westbound between 6th St. SW and 14th St. SW
• D St. SW between 14th St. SW and 12th St. SW
• C St. SW between 14th St. SW and 12th St. SW
• 13th St. SW between C St. SW and D St. SW
• 12th St. SW between Independence Ave. and Maine Ave. Eastbound
• 9th St. SW between 9th St. Tunnel Southbound exit and Maine Ave. Eastbound
• 7th St. SW between G St. SW and Maine Ave. Eastbound
• Maine Ave. Ramp both sides between Southwest Freeway at 12th St. Expressway and 14th St. SW

August 5, 2014 (12 am) - August 5, 2014 (11 pm):

• 15th St. NW Southbound between H St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
• 17th St. NW Northbound between C St. NW and H St. NW

August 6, 2014 (12am) - August 6, 2014 (6:30pm):

• Constitution Ave. ramp Westbound between 23rd St. NW and Rock Creek Parkway Merge to Roosevelt Bridge
• Constitution Ave. Ramp Eastbound between E St. exit from Roosevelt Bridge to 23rd St. NW
• Constitution Ave. NW between 23rd St. NW and 17th St. NW
• 23rd St. NW between Lincoln Memorial Circle NW and E St. NW
• D St. NW between 23rd St. NW and Virginia Ave. NW
• Virginia Ave. NW between 23rd St. NW and 19th St. NW
• 21st St. NW between E St. NW and Virginia Ave. NW
• C St. NW between Virginia Ave. NW and 23rd St. NW
• 19th St. NW between E St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW
• 20th St. NW between C St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW
• 21st St. NW between C St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW
• 22nd St. NW between C St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW
• Henry Bacon Dr. between Lincoln Memorial Circle and Constitution Ave. NW

Additional Parking Info: The parking spaces on C St. (21st/22nd) in front of the National Academy of Sciences will be posted "NO PARKING" Friday, Aug. 1; Monday, Aug. 4; and Thursday, Aug. 7.

All parking spaces on C St. (21st to 23rd) will be posted "NO PARKING" on Aug. 6, 2014.

Public Transportation

Metrorail: Metrorail service is not expected to be impacted.

On weekdays, Metrorail opens at 5am and closes at midnight.

The closest Metrorail station to the State Department is Foggy Bottom Station on the Orange, Silver, and Blue lines. The closest stations to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel are the Smithsonian Station on the Orange, Silver, and Blue lines, and L'Enfant Plaza Station on the Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green lines.

For schedule and fare information, please visit wmata.com or call (202) 637-7000.

Metrobus: Several Metrobus routes will be detoured due to street closures around Summit Event locations, including routes A9, A42, A46, A48, D51, H1, L1, N3, S1, V7, X1, W9, 31, 32, 36, 39, 52, 80, 3Y, 7Y, 11Y and 16Y.

Riders traveling on these routes are encouraged to allow additional travel time on Monday, Aug. 4, and Tuesday, Aug. 5.

For specific detour information by route, visit WMATA's website. For real-time delay information, please follow @metrobusinfo on Twitter or subscribe to email or text alerts online.

MetroAccess: Due to street closures, MetroAccess vehicles may not be able to provide para-transit service to certain locations within the security zone.

For assistance, Metro Access customers may call (301) 562-5350.

Waterways

There will be an enhanced security presence on the waterways of the Potomac River around Washington, D.C. Inquiries should be directed to the US Coast Guard via marine band radio VHF channel 16 or the Metropolitan Police Department Harbor Patrol at (202) 727-4582.

The waterside initiatives are one of many layers of increased security during the event. The Coast Guard will continue to perform its standard missions of search, rescue and law enforcement in addition to their homeland security responsibilities.

Airspace

An interagency airspace security plan will be implemented to provide secure airspace over the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisory listing enhanced restrictions was released on July 16, 2014. The enhanced airspace restrictions can be accessed online at the FAA web page. Pilot inquiries should be directed to (866) 598-9522.

The NOTAM discussed in the July advisory may change with little or no notice. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the Washington, D.C area. Pilots are strongly advised to contact a Flight Service Station at (800) 992-7433 prior to flight to check for all current NOTAMs.

Public Works

DPW will begin ticketing and towing vehicles from designated streets once the "Emergency: No Parking" restrictions go into effect.

Call (202) 576-6071 to locate vehicles that may have been towed.

Guidance for Residents/Businesses near the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Employees, guests, official summit participants, other business owners and their employees:

Beginning at 12 am on Tuesday, Aug. 5, vehicular access to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel will be facilitated through a security checkpoint on D St. NW between 12th St. and 13th St. Other businesses are accessible by foot only.

Parking garages near the hotel will be open to monthly pass holders only. Monthly pass holders must show their monthly parking pass to proceed through the security checkpoint at 12th St. and D St. All other vehicles will be turned away.

Employees and guests wishing to access the Mandarin Oriental Hotel will be required to submit to a screening of packages, baggage and persons.

The US Postal Service and other commercial delivery businesses will be permitted to make deliveries to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel after submitting to a security screening.

Guidance for Employees and Official Guests near the State Department

Employees, guests, official summit participants, other business owners and their employees:

Beginning at 2am on Wednesday, Aug. 6, vehicle access for those with Summit-issued placards, to the Harry S Truman Building, Department of State, will be facilitated through a security checkpoint located on 21st and Virginia Ave. NW.

Vehicle access to the Department of Interior and Federal Reserve Building will be facilitated through a security checkpoint located on C St. and Virginia Ave., NW.

Official participant access to the Harry S Truman Building will be facilitated through a security checkpoint located at 23rd and East St., NW.

Other buildings in the secure area, to include the National Academy of Science and the American Pharmacists Association, will be accessible by foot only.

Employees and participants wishing to access the secure area will be required to submit to a screening of packages, baggage, and persons.

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