“As part of Mayor Bowser’s ongoing effort to reimagine outdoor space in the District, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will temporarily close 18th Street NW between Kalorama Road NW and Columbia Road NW to all vehicular traffic during specified periods between Friday, June 26 and Sunday, June 28.
The pilot closure not only supports social distancing as the District continues its response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but also provides more recreational and social opportunities for businesses and the public. Approved restaurants and retail businesses can take advantage of expanded outdoor seating and operations to serve residents and visitors. Cyclists and pedestrians can enjoy additional space in the roadway to travel in both directions along 18th Street NW.
DDOT Traffic Control Officers will be in place throughout the area to direct all modes of traffic. The street will be closed during the timeframes below:
Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27: 3:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 28: 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Northbound 18th Street NW Vehicular Traffic
All heavy vehicles, such as buses and trucks, traveling northbound on 18th Street NW must detour at Florida Avenue NW. DDOT recommends motorists access points northward by turning left at Florida Avenue NW, right at T Street NW, and right onto Columbia Road NW. Access to Kalorama Road NW, Wyoming Avenue NW and California Street NW from 18th St NW are not impacted.
Southbound 18th Street NW Vehicular Traffic
Southbound traffic from Adams Mill Road NW will be detoured at Columbia Road NW. DDOT recommends vehicular traffic access points south by turning right on to Columbia Road NW toward California Street NW and turn left onto Connecticut Avenue NW, left onto T Street NW, and left onto Florida Avenue NW.
Belmont Road NW
Traffic exiting Belmont Road NW at 18th Street will only be allowed to turn southbound on 18th Street NW using a dedicated travel lane.
Parking & Garage Access
The Colonial Parking Garage at 2421 18th Street NW can only be accessed from Columbia Road NW using the alley entrance next to the Line Hotel for the duration of the temporary closure. Motorists should follow signage to reach the parking garage. The alley will operate southbound only and exit to Kalorama Road NW.
DDOT has posted Emergency No Parking (ENP) signs to temporarily restrict parking on 18th Street NW between Kalorama Road NW and Columbia Road NW and some adjacent streets beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 26 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. Drivers should pay special attention to posted signs and message boards in the area.
All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions. All users of the roadway should exercise caution when traveling through this area.”