Halloween Traffic Restrictions 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 parking restrictions will be in place from 4:00 PM tonight until the early morning hours of tomorrow. The traffic restrictions will start at 6:30 pm.

Here’s the official announcement:

On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 starting at 4:00pm until 6:00 am on Thursday, November 1,
2012, parking will be restricted on the following streets:
K St, NW from 30th Street to Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Water Street, NW from 33rd Street to the Mouth of the Capital Crescent Trail
1000 – 1300 Blocks of Wisconsin Ave. NW
M Street NW, from 25th Street to the Key Bridge
1100 block of 26th Street NW
Thomas Jefferson St. – 1000 block (From the canal north to M Street)
The following streets will be closed to through traffic. Only residents, visitors, and employees of
businesses within these areas will be granted access. Additional streets may be closed and/or opened
at the direction of the Second District Commander or his designee. Citizens must present proof of
work or residence to gain access to these streets. The restrictions will be in effect on Wednesday,
October 31, 2012, at 6:30 pm, until Thursday, November 1, at 4:00 am.
1000 block of Grace Street NW
1000 block of Thomas Jefferson Street NW
1000-1500 blocks of 29th Street NW
1000 -1500 blocks of 30th Street NW
1200-1300 blocks of Potomac Street NW
1200-1500 blocks of 27th Street NW
1200-1500 blocks of 28th Street NW
1200-1600 blocks of 33rd Street NW
1200-1700 blocks of 34th Street NW
1500 32nd Street NW
1600-1700 blocks of 35th Street NW
2600-3100 blocks of Dumbarton Street NW
2600-3100 blocks of P Street NW
2600-3600 blocks of O Street NW
2700-3600 blocks of N Street NW
2700 block of Poplar Lane NW
2700-2900 blocks of Olive Street NW
3100 Block of Blues Alley
3100 Block of Oak Alley NW
3100 Block of South Street NW
3200-3400 Q Street NW
3200 Block of Cecil Place NW
3200-3600 blocks of Prospect Street NW
3300-3400 blocks of Dent Place NW
3300 blocks of Cady’s Alley NW
900 Block 30th Street NW
Due to the heavy pedestrian crowds associated with this event, motorists are encouraged to exercise
extreme caution when traveling in these areas. In addition, those wishing to attend this event are
encouraged to use public transportation.

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