As expected, DDOT announced yesterday a series of road closures and parking restrictions for Georgetown this Halloween weekend. They are similar to what has been done in the recent past.
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:
This year they’re shutting down a few more streets than last year. Plus the restrictions will be for two nights, both Saturday (when most of the partying goes on) and Sunday (when the kids show up). The restrictions start at 3:00 pm and go to 6:00 am both nights.
Here’s the official announcement:
Parking Restrictions & Street Closures
For Halloween in Georgetown
Participants Encouraged to Use Mass Transit
(Washington, D.C.) Large crowds are expected to celebrate Halloween in Georgetown this weekend and participants are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to avoid delays. Although there are no plans at this time to close major roads including M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) advise residents and visitors there will be parking restrictions and access to many side streets will be restricted.
No-Parking restrictions will be in effect along the following routes from 3 pm on Saturday, October 30 to 6 am on Sunday, October 31, and again from 3 pm on Sunday, October 31 to 6 am on Monday, 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
The following streets will be closed to through traffic from 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 30 until 4 am on Sunday, October 31:
• 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.