Thursday, January 8, 2009

Inaugural Parade Route Road Closures and Entry Points Released

The following is a press release from the Department of Homeland Security:

Parade Route Road Closures and Entry Points Released

(Washington, D.C.) – The United States Secret Service in cooperation with its local, state
and federal security, public safety and military partners, has developed an overall security
plan for the 56th Presidential Inauguration. Inaugural activities will take place beginning
on Saturday, January 17 through Wednesday, January 21, 2009, with the swearing-in
ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, January 20.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated the Inaugural as a National
Special Security Event (NSSE). When an event is designated an NSSE, the U.S. Secret
Service assumes its role as the lead federal agency for the design and implementation of
the operational security plan. The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
(MPD), the U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Park Police, as well as a number of other
federal and local agencies, will play a critical operational role in securing the
Inauguration and resources will be deployed to maintain the necessary level of security.

The following security measures will be in place for the 56th Presidential Inauguration:

• Downtown Area Road Closures: A map detailing specific road closures is
attached. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 19, through 7 a.m. on
Wednesday, January 21, vehicle restricted zones will be put in place in
downtown. All vehicular road closures in Washington, D.C. will be instituted by
the Metropolitan Police Department. Inquiries pertaining to road closures should
be directed to the MPD Office of Public Information at (202) 727-4383. Details
will also be available online at and at A detailed transportation plan will be released listing
additional road closures for Inauguration day.

• Security Screenings: All attendees, including general public and ticketed guests,
are subject to a thorough security screening before entering the Inaugural parade
route, the White House reviewing stand and the Inaugural balls. Please allow for
additional time for this security screening, as it is expected that lines may be long.

U.S Department of
Homeland Security
United States
Secret Service

• Prohibited Items: As a security precaution, the following items will be
prohibited from the Inaugural parade route, the White House reviewing stand and
the Inaugural balls: firearms, ammunition, explosives, weapons of any kind,
aerosols, supports for signs and placards, packages, coolers, thermal or glass
containers, backpacks, bags exceeding size restrictions (8"x6"x4"), laser pointers,
animals other than helper/guide dogs, structures, bicycles and any other items
determined to be a potential safety hazard. With respect to signs and placards,
items must be made of cardboard, poster board or cloth and have dimensions no
greater than three (3) feet in width, 20 feet in length and one-quarter (1/4) inch in
thickness. Surrendered items will not be returned, nor available for pick-up.

• Parade Route Entry Points: The following 13 public entry points will open at
7:00 a.m. on January 20, 2009, and will remain open until the parade route can no
longer accommodate additional people. A map detailing entry point locations is
- 2nd Street NW and C Street NW
- 3rd Street NW and C Street NW
- Indiana Avenue NW between 6th St NW and 7th St NW
- 7th Street NW and D Street NW
- 10th Street NW and E Street NW
- 12th Street NW and E Street NW
- E Street NW just east of 13th Street NW
- 13th Street NW just North of E Street NW
- 14th Street NW just North of E Street NW
- 12th Street NW between Constitution Avenue. and Pennsylvania Avenue
- 10th Street NW between Constitution Avenue. and Pennsylvania Avenue
- 7th Street NW between Constitution Avenue. and Pennsylvania Avenue
- Constitution Avenue between 6th Street NW and 7th Street NW

NOTE: Access to the parade route from south of Pennsylvania Avenue, including the
National Mall area, will only be available via 14th Street NW or 12th Street NW at
Constitution Avenue.

All parade route security screening entry points will be able to accommodate
persons with disabilities. There are additional screening entry points for the
ticketed seating at the U.S. Capitol and the White House viewing areas. Details
for the swearing-in at the Capitol are available at
Individuals attending the Inaugural parade may enter at any of the designated
entry points on the north or south side of Pennsylvania Avenue. Between 7 a.m.
and 1:30 p.m., the following intersections will be open to the general public as
crossover points:

- 3rd Street between Constitution Ave and Pennsylvania Avenue
- Pennsylvania Ave between 6th Street NW and 7th Street NW
- Pennsylvania Ave between 11th Street NW and 12th Street NW

• Air Security: A combined air security plan will be implemented to provide
airspace security for the Washington metropolitan area. Enhanced airspace
restrictions on general aviation have been released and can be accessed online at
the Federal Aviation Administration web page at Pilot inquiries
should be directed to 866-598-9522.
• Water Security: There will be an enhanced security presence on the waterways
around Washington, D.C. Inquires should be directed to the U.S. Coast Guard at
410-576-2693 or via marine band radio VHF channel 16 or the Metropolitan
Police Department Harbor Patrol at 202-727-4582.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For questions concerning this release, please contact the United States Secret Service Office of Government and Public Affairs at 202-406-5708. The Presidential Inaugural Committee may be reached at 202-203-1700 or by visiting

Maps of the parade entry points and road closures are available on the Secret Service website at

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