Closure for 'Salute to America' to keep portion of Lincoln Circle closed
Posted by WTOP/Dave Dildine
June 30, 2019
A staging area for President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July event, “Salute to America,” will likely keep a portion of Lincoln Memorial Circle blocked continuously through the end of the week and could add to morning traffic delays across an already cramped Arlington Memorial Bridge.
The inbound lanes of Lincoln Circle between 23rd Street NW and Henry Bacon Drive are closed. Several temporary crew tents were erected in the circle last Friday. The work space is also being used to store large electric generators that will power President Trump's celebration.
Inbound drivers coming off Memorial Bridge will not have access to Henry Bacon Drive through the end of the week. All traffic on the "inner loop" of Lincoln Circle must bear left onto 23rd Street NW toward Constitution Avenue.
Rush hour traffic is expected to be lighter given the mid-week federal holiday but, with the traffic flow already constricted by the long-term rehabilitation of Memorial Bridge, some morning drivers may find themselves moving slower than usual toward the circle early in the week.
According to the most recently available traffic counts from the District Department of Transportation, about 11,800 vehicles per day use Henry Bacon Drive and close to 19,000 vehicles per day take 23rd Street NW north of Lincoln Circle.
A restricted area closes a swath of the nearby plaza from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial down to near the Reflecting Pool. The rest of the area will remain accessible to the public.
The Independence Day event is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include remarks from the president, music, military demonstrations and flyovers. Attendance is free.
Memorial Bridge, a traditionally popular place to watch the annual fireworks display, will be off-limits to both drivers and pedestrians this year because of security changes.
The list of Independence Day road closures remains largely unchanged from previous years.