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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Prompts Street Closures, Delays

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There are plenty of rolling street closures downtown as police escort leaders of 40 African nations during the summit.
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There are plenty of rolling street closures downtown as police escort leaders of 40 African nations during the summit.

Plan to add extra time to your commute this week if you work in downtown D.C. The 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is expected to cause major delays for cars and Metro buses.

More than 40 heads of state from Africa are in D.C. this week for the event, the first time an American president will convene a meeting of Africa's leaders. The three-day event is aimed at boosting cooperation and trade.

But this global event will also have a big impact on local residents who work and live in downtown D.C. The main areas affected are located around Foggy Bottom, the White House, and the Mandarin hotel in Southwest D.C.

People should expect traffic jams and blocked off streets. Metro says more than a dozen bus lines will be detoured because of road closures. And the Office of Personnel Management says federal agencies should consider using telework for some employees this week. The summit wraps up Wednesday.


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