Transit: Memorial Memo

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Pentagon, courtesy of tsmyther

The Pentagon will open the first of three memorials for the victims of the September 11 attacks on Thursday. The memorial will be available to visitors 24 hours a day.

A dedication ceremony will be given tomorrow morning; the site will open to the public in the evening.

If you’re planning on driving / commuting near the Pentagon tomorrow, there’s some things you need to know.

Road Closures: Arlington County Police will be closing the following roads from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • S. Fern Street from Army Navy Drive to the Pentagon
  • S. Eads Street from Army Navy Drive to the Pentagon
  • Rotary Road closed throughout Pentagon South parking
  • North /South Connector road at Pentagon
  • I-395 Northbound HOV-access to Eads Street, must exit to Army Navy Drive

The following roads will be closed starting at 4 a.m.:

  • Washington Boulevard eastbound closed at I-395 and Columbia Pike
  • Washington Boulevard westbound from Memorial Bridge
  • Washington Boulevard westbound from I-395
  • Washington Boulevard westbound from Hayes Street
  • I-395 northbound HOV-no access to Washington Boulevard
  • I-395 southbound to Pentagon South Parking
  • Columbia Pike closed from Joyce Street to Pentagon South Parking

Metro: WMATA announced that all Metrobuses normally servicing the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to the Pentagon City Metrorail station on Thursday from 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Metrorail service will not be affected, except in the possible increase of ridership from the Metrobus overflow. However, WMATA did say that the Yellow Line rail bridge will be closed this Saturday and Sunday (13 and 14) for its annual inspection; those wishing to visit the Pentagon Memorial should instead use the Blue Line, though expect waits of up to 20 minutes.

Having lived in the DC area for ten years, Ben still loves to wander the city with his wife, shooting lots of photos and exploring all the latest exhibits and galleries. A certified hockey fanatic, he spends some time debating the Washington Capitals club with friends – but everyone knows of his three decade love affair with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A professional writer, gamer, photographer, and Lego enthusiast, Ben remains captivated by DC and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon.

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One thought on “Transit: Memorial Memo

  1. The memo I got my hands on had a few more things, though it also said it was all subject to change.

    The one generic one was that the Hayes street access ramp to I-395 will be closed.

    There were others, but they were all exclusively related to Pentagon employees or people dropping folks/slugs at the Pentagon, so if you work in the world’s largest office building make sure you check the informational web page they have up for you.