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Road closures for Tuesday’s 2019 State of the Union

Here’s what you need to know, and avoid, on the Tuesday night Washington evening commute

All roads leading to and from the Capitol will be closed to vehicles starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

All roads leading to and from the Capitol will be closed to vehicles starting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the roads closest to the Capitol will be restricted to people credentialed to attend the event and authorized pedestrians. Those include:

  • First Street, between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Independence Avenue, between Washington Avenue SW and Second Street SE
  • First Street, between Independence Avenue SE and Constitution Avenue NE
  • Constitution Avenue, between Second Street NE and Louisiana Avenue NW

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At 7 p.m., a wider range of streets will close. No vehicles will be allowed within the Capitol grounds, except for those displaying a current congressional parking sticker with at least one occupant of the vehicle carrying a valid congressional ID, or a Capitol Police special event credential and placard.

These roads will close at 7 p.m.:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from Third Street NW to First Street NW
  • Constitution Avenue NW, from Louisiana Avenue NW to Second Street NE
  • First Street NW, from Louisiana Avenue NW to Washington Avenue SW
  • New Jersey Avenue NW, from Louisiana Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • D Street NE, from Second Street NE to Louisiana Avenue NE
  • Delaware Avenue NE, from Columbus Circle NE to Constitution Avenue NE
  • First Street NE, from Columbus Circle NE to C Street SW
  • C Street NE, from Second Street NE to Delaware Avenue NE
  • Maryland Avenue NE, from Constitution Avenue NE to First Street NE
  • Second Street NE, from Constitution Avenue NE to East Capitol Street NE
  • East Capitol Street, from Second Street NE to First Street NE
  • Independence Avenue, from Second Street SE to Washington Avenue SW
  • C Street SW, from Washington Avenue SW to First Street SE
  • Delaware Avenue SW, from Washington Avenue SW to C Street SW
  • South Capitol Street, from D Street SE to Independence Avenue SE
  • New Jersey Avenue SE, from D Street SE to Independence Avenue SE
  • Maryland Avenue SW, from Third Street SW to First Street SW

These restrictions will be lifted upon the conclusion of the event.

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