Expected road closures for George HW Bush’s funeral procession

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The funeral procession for former President George H.W. Bush will close a number of roads across the Metropolitan area on Monday and Wednesday as the late president’s body is brought to the Capitol Rotunda. Closures begin Monday at 3:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The funeral procession for former President George H.W. Bush will close a number of roads across the Metropolitan area on Monday and Wednesday as the late president’s body is brought to the Capitol Rotunda, where he will lie in state for three days.

In a release, the United State Secret Service said they will begin State Funeral protocols beginning on Monday, Dec. 3. This will be a coordinated effort on the part of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies to handle road closures and direct the public while the funeral motorcade makes its way from Joint Base Andrews to the Capitol Rotunda.

The Secret Service said these routes are subject to change. For up-to-the-minute reporting on road closures, be sure to tune in to our on-air broadcast on 103.5 FM on the 8s, check the WTOP Traffic page or listen live here.

Monday, Dec. 3

The first closures began on Monday morning. The following roads are closed until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

  • East Capitol Street NE/SE, from Second Street NE/SE to First Street NE/SE
  • First Street NE/SE, from Constitution Avenue NE to Independence Avenue SE
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More closures will begin on Monday, at 3:15 p.m. when the President’s motorcade will depart Joint Base Andrews for the Capitol Rotunda. Listed below are the roads and Interstates between Joint Base Andrews and the U.S. Capitol will be closed until around 4:30 p.m. The Secret Service has said that while these closures are in effect, the public can expect extensive traffic delays and closures of surrounding side streets.

The motorcade will follow the below route from Joint Base Andrews to the U.S. Capitol building. During the closure hours, expect major traffic delays and side street closures.

  • The motorcade will depart Joint Base Andrews via the Maryland Gate
  • Cross Allentown Road onto Forestville Road
  • Left on Suitland Parkway
  • Right onto Firth Sterling Avenue SE
  • Merge onto I-295 / I-695 / I-395
  • Exit Washington Avenue SW
  • Left on Independence Avenue SW
  • Right on 3rd Street SW
  • Right on Constitution Avenue NW
  • Right on Delaware Avenue NE
  • Motorcade arrives at the U.S. Capitol

Wednesday, Dec. 5

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the former President’s motorcade will depart from the U.S. Capitol for the Washington National Cathedral in Northwest. Road closures between the Capitol and National Cathedral will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will last until around 11 a.m. Again, expect heavy traffic delays and closures along side roads during this time.

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The motorcade will travel the following route:

  • Motorcade will depart the U.S. Capitol via Delaware Avenue NE
  • Left on Constitution Avenue NW
  • Right on Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Right on 15th Street NW
  • Left on Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Continue on Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Right on 22nd Street NW
  • Left on Massachusetts Avenue NW
  • Right on Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Right into the National Cathedral Complex

Around 11 a.m., the motorcade will prepare to travel from the National Cathedral to Joint Base Andrews. This will bring closures to roads and Interstates between the cathedral and Joint Base Andrews that are expected to last until 1:30 p.m. Expect heavy traffic delays and road closures to side streets once more.

The motorcade will travel the following route:

  • Motorcade will depart the National Cathedral via Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Left on Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Left on Massachusetts Avenue NW
  • Right on Waterside Drive NW
  • Merge onto Rock Creek Parkway NW
  • Left on Virginia Avenue NW
  • Left on Constitution Avenue NW
  • Right on 17th Street NW
  • Merge on Independence Avenue SW
  • Right on Maine Avenue SW
  • Merge onto I-395 / I-695 / I-295 South
  • Exit Right onto Suitland Parkway
  • Right on Forestville Road
  • Cross Allentown Road
  • Enter Joint Base Andrews via the Maryland Gate
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Also expect “emergency no parking” restrictions at the following locations:

Monday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • 3rd St NW/SW from Constitution Ave to Independence Ave.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. to Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m.:

  • Lowell Street NW between Wisconsin Ave NW and 34th St NW
  • Wisconsin Ave NW between Massachusetts Ave NW and Lowell St NW. Massachusetts Ave NW between Wisconsin Ave NW and Garfield St NW. Garfield St NW between Massachusetts Ave NW and 34th St NW
  • 34th St NW between Lowell St NW and Garfield St NW. Woodley Rd NW between Wisconsin Ave NW and 34th St NW. 36th St NW between Lowell St NW and Woodley St NW
  • 35th St NW between Lowell St NW and Woodley St NW

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. to Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.:

  • South side of E St NW from New Jersey Ave NW to North Capitol St

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • North Capitol St from D St to E St

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