Halloween Traffic Restriction in Effect Tonight

As expected, DDOT is shutting down some roads to traffic tonight in anticipation of Halloween crowds. The restrictions are identical to those last year.

The governing theory is to keep traffic off the side streets (because of the kiddies walking around in the dark) and to push all the traffic onto M and Wisconsin. So even though it would be great for the partiers on M St. to shut the whole road down to traffic as they used to, this is probably a safer plan overall. Plus it has the benefit of allowing partiers to catch a cab on M St. and Wisconsin rather than off on a side street.

Here’s a map of the closings. The red streets are streets that are closed to everyone except residents and employees (if it’s a commercial street). The purple streets allow traffic but don’t have any on-street parking:

The restrictions will be in place from 6:30 PM tonight until the early morning hours of tomorrow.

Here’s the official announcement:

Parking Restrictions

No-Parking restrictions will be in effect along the following routes from 4 pm on Monday, October 31 to 6 am on Tuesday, November 1:

K Street, NW from 30th Street to Wisconsin Avenue
Water Street, NW from 32rd Street west to the Capital Crescent Trail
1000–1300 Blocks of Wisconsin Avenue, NW
M Street, NW from 25th Street to the Key Bridge
1100 block of 26th Street, NW
Road Closures

The following streets will be closed to through traffic from 6:30 pm on Monday, October 31 to 3 am on Tuesday, November 1:

3300-3400 blocks of Cady’s Alley NW (Residents only)
1000 Block of Grace Street NW (Residents only)
3200 Block of Cecil Place NW (Residents Only)
3100 Block of South Street NW (Employees and Residents only)
3100 Block of Oak Alley NW (Residents and Employees only)
3100 Block of Blues Alley (Residents and Employees only)
1200-1500 blocks of 27th Street (Residents and Employees Only)
1200-1500 blocks of 28th Street (Residents and Employees Only)
1000-1500 blocks of 29th Street (Residents and Employees Only)
1000-1500 blocks of 30th Street (Residents and Employees Only)
1000-1500 blocks of 31st Street (Residents and Employees Only)
1000 Block of Thomas Jefferson Street NW (Employees and Residents Only)
1200-1600 blocks of 33rd Street (Residents and Employees Only)
1200-1700 blocks of 34th Street NW (Residents and Employees Only)
3200-3600 blocks of Prospect St. NW (Residents and Employees Only)
2700-2900 blocks of Olive St. NW (Residents and Employees Only)
2700 block of Poplar Lane NW (Residents and Employees Only)
2700-3600 blocks of N St NW (Residents and Employees Only)
2600-3100 blocks of Dumbarton St NW (Residents and Employees Only)
2600-3600 blocks of O St NW (Residents and Employees Only)
2600-3100 blocks of P Street NW (Residents and Employees Only)
1500 blocks of 32nd Street (Residents and Employees Only)
Only residents and employees of businesses within these areas will be granted access. Additional streets may be closed and/or opened at the direction of the 2nd District Commander or his designee. Drivers must present proof of residency or work identification to access the closed streets.

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6 responses to “Halloween Traffic Restriction in Effect Tonight

  1. EastGeorgetowner

    I guess we know now, sadly, that all streets should be closed so that people cannot drive by in a car and shoot somebody on M Street — see this morning’s Washington Post story for a shooting (yes, a shooting) at the corner of 28th and M last night. It is getting scarier and scarier in Georgetown with the crime and mayhem.

  2. Another E Georgtowner

    It’s only getting scarier because people who live elsewhere are permitted to descend on the neighborhood for Halloween revelry, and the police permit them to do so in droves. How many other times are there shootings on M St at 11pm on a weeknight?

  3. ‘People who live elsewhere are permitted to descend on the neighborhood.” Wow, that sounds classist! People have been flocking to Georgetown on Halloween for as long as I can remember–at least as far back as the 80s. Whining about Halloween revelers is like someone who moves near an airport then complains it’s too loud. Take your millions to Potomac if it bothers you.

  4. EastGeorgetowner

    The issue, Ted, is not people coming to Georgetown to have fun on Halloween. The issue is some people nowadays unfortunately are bearing guns and literally shooting other people in the head with them. It’s called violence — there’s a big difference between that and a fun evening out- and sadly it seems to be a larger and larger problem in DC.

  5. E Georgetowner

    There’s a stark difference, Mr. Taylor, between welcoming all people to your neighborhood at all times, which is endemic to living here, and welcoming violence. As the other commenter says, the issue is when the people we welcome bring gunplay to our neighborhood. Perhaps you’d welcome them, guns and all, to your neighborhood on Halloween? And I’ve lived in DC since 1978, and I partied in Georgetown growing up; but never with guns. Halloween was never like this before, so it’s hardly something you assume the risk of by moving here. You expose the ignorance of your position by suggesting such. NB, people that enjoy living in Georgetown are ill-at-ease at the notion of living in Potomac amid the mcmansions. QED

  6. @E Georgetowner Reread your original comment… it reads as if you don’t like outsiders in Georgetown. What would you like to see happen? M Street closed on Halloween, open only to neighborhood residents?

    It’s frightening and heartbreaking that someone fired a gun on Monday, but that shouldn’t mean the end of Georgetown’s Halloween festivities.

    I’m not trying to pick a fight, I can understand where you’re coming from–I lived in Georgetown many years ago. The tourists, shoppers, students and bar-hoppers got to me too. But it comes with the territory. That’s not to say you don’t have a right to shape the size and scope of future events.

    Why not just demand more police presence on Halloween? Or turn it into an event that attracts all-ages–not just teens and young adults. I think with more adults and families, shootings like that are less likely to happen.

    Oh, and I would never live in Potomac either.

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