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Crowds And Traffic Expected For March On Washington Anniversary Events

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Federal agencies in Washington are being encouraged to allow employees to telework or use other work scheduling flexibilities tomorrow, when crowds are expected for events related to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream'' speech.

The Office of Personnel Management sent out a memo to agencies saying federal workers in the area should expect "significant commuting delays and travel disruptions.''

The following roads will be closed effective 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday through 6:30 p.m.:

  • The Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • Independence Avenue between 15th Street and 23rd Street
  • The Ohio Drive exit off the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
  • Rock Creek Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Parkway Drive
  • Maine Avenue from 15h Street to Independence Avenue

The areas around the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial and D.C. War Memorial are expected to be closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic during ceremonies as well.

Metro is operating on a normal weekday schedule, but WMATA is urging visitors to avoid the Smithsonian Metro station due to the potential for overcrowding.

Events begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.; President Obama is expected to speak at the Lincoln Memorial, as are former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

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