Traffic Delays, Closures Likely In NoVa As Inaugural Festivities Get Under Way

Posted: January 21, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Though attendance to today’s inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C., is not expected to be as large as in 2009, Northern Virginia will still see a significant volume of additional traffic heading to and from the district for the various Inaugural activities today.

President Barack Obama will be publicly sworn in at the Capitol today at noon. He was officially sworn in on Sunday because the Constitution mandates that the president take the oath of office on Jan. 20.  

If traveling on Interstate 81 to Interstate 66, expect delays headed into Washington.
State police will have extra patrols and personnel assigned to Northern Virginia today to enhance traffic flow and emergency response. State police have coordinated with the Virginia Department of Transportation and local jurisdictions for the following road restrictions in Northern Virginia:

■ I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21. HOV lanes on I-395 will re-open southbound upon conclusion of the Inaugural address.

I-395 main lanes and I-66 will be open to all traffic.

Memorial Bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic only, beginning at 5 a.m.

Key Bridge, Chain Bridge, Woodrow Wilson Bridge and American Legion Bridge will be open to all traffic

North Washington Street at Montgomery Street to Reagan International Airport will be open to all traffic.

Parking in the district will be limited and those headed into D.C. are encouraged to take public transportation. For information on Metrorail access and other public transportation click here.

For more information on inaugural transportation alternatives, security measures and closures, visit the Virginia State Police website at and click on the Presidential Inauguration icon or visit.
— Staff Reports