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Navigating traffic at the Capitals' victory parade downtown

By: Tom
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The Washington Capitals have won the Stanley Cup -- and now it's time to celebrate! With an estimated 100,000 people expected to show up for the parade, we want to make sure you have the latest road closure details if you plan to head downtown for the festivities. 

The parade officially kicks of at 11 a.m. on Tuesday - it'll start on Constitution Avenue and 17th Street and proceed to the rally which will be held on the National Mall. 

Road closure details:

If you’re planning on driving downtown, there will be a significant number of street closures for the parade. Most parking restrictions will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday through 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Seventh Street will be Emergency No Parking from 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 11 through 11 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Seventh Street will be closed from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW during the same time.
  • Constitution Avenue NW from Sixth Street to 23rd Street NW
  • Ninth Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to I-395
  • 10th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 12th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 17th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 18th Street from New York Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 19th Street from Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 20th Street form C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 21st Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 22nd Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 23rd Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Virginia Avenue NW from 18th Street to 19th Street NW
  • Independence Avenue SW from Third to 14th Street SW
  • Madison Drive from Fourth to 15th Streets NW
  • Jefferson Drive from 14th to 4th Streets SW
  • Henry Bacon Drive, SW from Lincoln Memorial Circle to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Parkway Drive SW from Independence Avenue to Lincoln Memorial Circle

The follow streets will be closed on the day of the parade starting at 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.:

  • Inbound 14th Street Bridge Main Line. (Traffic will be directed toward Eastbound I-395)
  • Inbound 14th Street Bridge HOV. (Traffic will be directed toward Eastbound I-395)
  • Northbound 12th Street Tunnel. (Traffic will be directed toward Eastbound I-395)
  • Eastbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. (Traffic will be directed toward E Street Expressway/Potomac River Freeway)
  • Southbound Ninth Street Tunnel
  • Constitution Avenue NW from 6th Street to 23rd Street NW
  • Ninth Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to I-395
  • 10th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 12th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 17th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 18th Street from New York Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 19th Street from Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 20th Street form C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 21st  Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 22nd Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 23rd Street from Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Virginia Avenue NW from 18th Street to 19th Street NW
  • Madison Drive from 4th to 15th Streets NW
  • Jefferson Drive from 14th to 4th Streets SW
  • Henry Bacon Drive SW from Lincoln Memorial Circle to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Parkway Drive SW from Independence Avenue, to Lincoln Memorial Circle

Metro details: 

With all the street closures that will be occurring, the best bit of advice is to take Metro to get in and out of the city. Metro has announced that they will be operating on rush-hour service levels throughout the day so that they're able to accommodate the tens of thousands of fans expected to attend. Metro will be opening at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, offering rides as often as every two to four minutes to stations downtown. 

If you're planning to take Metro, officials say the busiest stations will likely be Gallery Place, Union Station, Smithsonian, L'Enfant Plaza, Federal Center, Metro Center, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom, Arlington Cemetery, and Archives. 

Weather forecast:

The DMV has been dealing with a very unsettled pattern over the last several weeks -- clouds, rain, and cooler temperatures. The good news is that it does look like the weather will fully cooperate for the parade. Expect a mix of sun and clouds and high temperatures to top out in the upper 70s. (Even more good news: the humidity won't be too bad - so it should be a nice day to enjoy the parade and get out of the office for a little while!)

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