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Heads Up: “TRAFFIC ADVISORY: 2017 Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom”

by Prince Of Petworth May 24, 2017 at 2:45 pm 11 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Rukasu1

From MPD:

“On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the 2017 Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

Assembly Area

The rally area will be at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on the north and south parking lots, which will be open at 7:00 am.

The staging area will be in front of the Lincoln Memorial at Ohio and Independence Avenue, S.W.

Parade Route

The following roads will be closed from approximately 10:30 am to 3:00 pm:

Memorial Bridge
Constitution Avenue, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW
3rd Street, SW from Constitution Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
Independence Avenue, SW from 3rd Street, SW to West Potomac Park, SW
All NORTHBOUND traffic across the 14th Street bridge will be diverted to EASTBOUND I-395 (SE/SW Freeway)
12th Street Tunnel will be closed to ALL NORTHBOUND traffic
The 9th Street Tunnel will be closed to ALL SOUTHBOUND traffic
There will be no closures of the 3rd Street tunnel but traffic may be heavier than normal, due to the other closures

The motorcycle ride will form in North Pentagon Parking Lot and will proceed over the following route:

Across Memorial Bridge to 23rd Street, North on 23rd Street to Constitution Ave, East on Constitution Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, East on Pennsylvania Avenue to 3rd St, South on 3rd Street to Independence Avenue, West on Independence Avenue to West Basin Drive, Southwest on West Basin Drive to Ohio Drive, Northwest on Ohio Drive to Franklin D. Roosevelt Park where they will disband.

Motorists traveling in the area of this event may experience delays and should consider alternative routes, if possible. The Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists to pay full attention whenever operating any motor vehicle to be mindful of heavy pedestrian traffic that may be associated with special events. These street closings are subject to change without notice based upon unanticipated events and prevailing conditions.”

  • Carey

    Getting to Nats Park on Sunday afternoon is gonna be fun.

  • spookiness

    Of all the events we have to endure living in the nation’s capital, this is the one I dread the most.

    • Emmaleigh504

      +1 It makes me fantasize about the ending of Easy Rider

      • ah

        That’s a pretty disturbing fantasy to have. Good lord.

    • kookiness

      yeah, remembering America’s POWs and MIAs is a real drag.

      • Patrick Division

        Except that’s not what this group is about, but keep effing that chicken.

        • mcd

          What is it about then?

      • ah

        There are plenty of ways to remember them without massive disruptions, however.

        That said, the Marine Corps Marathon is IMO more disruptive. Less noisy though.

      • edbert

        Can you name one country that is holding American POWs?

        • mcd

          It seems the concept of remembering the sacrifices of POWs escapes you. Enjoy your Memorial Day.

  • anon29

    Been thinking about doing the ride for a few years now. Maybe this will be the year!


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