Agencies urged to allow teleworking Wednesday
WASHINGTON - Federal agencies in Washington are being encouraged to allow employees to telework or use other work scheduling flexibilities on Wednesday when crowds are expected for events related to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech.
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The Office of Personnel Management sent a memo Friday saying agencies will be open Wednesday. But the memo from the agency's acting director said the agency "strongly urges the use of telework."
The memo says federal workers in the area should expect "significant commuting delays and travel disruptions." Road closures and an increase in traffic are expected to affect travel during both morning and afternoon commutes.
On Wednesday August 28th the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event will take place from 11:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Lincoln Memorial.
Public Access: All public without tickets for the event will be able to access the Commemoration only from walking west into the area of the Reflecting Pool via the Elm walkway just north of the World War II Memorial off 17th Street.
ADA Access: The program organizers will provide free shuttles from the Foggy Bottom Metro to the event venue for ticketed participants with mobility issues. These shuttles will drop off at Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue.
Non-ticketed participants with mobility issues can access the event via the Elm walkway just north of the World War II Memorial off 17th Street.
Every effort is being made to minimize traffic delays during this event. Variable message boards will be put in place to increase awareness of closures.
Participants are encouraged to take public transportation and use Metro stations in downtown Washington, DC. Please visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for more information on planning transportation http://www.wmata.com/
These NPS sites will be closed beginning 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 28 until the end of the event expected to be around 4:00 p.m.
The following road closures will go into effect at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday August 28th for U.S. Park Police primary jurisdiction. (See attached map)
Road closures will include pedestrian closures at each closure site. Commercial vehicles will not be permitted on Constitution Avenue between 1:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
In addition the NPS roads closed above – the Metropolitan Police Department will be closing the following streets beginning at 3:00 am and should reopen by 6:30 pm (Note, these are not indicated in attached map)
No parking restriction signs have been posted on Constitution Avenue from 17th Street to 23rd Street on the north and south side of the street.
AM TRAFFIC PATTERN
A modified traffic change will be in effect for the AM rush hour. All traffic changes on Rock Creek Parkway from Shoreham Hill to Virginia Avenue will be made in accordance with the Guideline Manual for traffic changes in the Washington Metropolitan area. All traffic from southbound Rock Creek Parkway will be forced to eastbound Virginia Avenue.
PM TRAFFIC PATTERN
The PM traffic change will be made at the conclusion of the event.
As a security precaution, all items listed below will not be allowed onto the National Park Service property in conjunction with this event. Please note, the Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other items that are determined to be a potential public safety hazard:
• Animals other than helper/guide dogs
• Bags and signs exceeding size restrictions (8"x6"x4")
• Glass or thermal containers
• Laser pointers
• Mace / Pepper spray
• Supports for signs and placards
• Weapons of any kind
Visitors are strongly advised to use public transportation. Metro stations near the National Mall and Memorial Parks, U.S. Capitol, and President’s Park that will remain open throughout the day include: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Farragut North, Farragut West, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Union Station, Federal Center S.W., and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Pentagon. Up-to-date information can be found at http://www.wmata.com/
METRO RIDERS PLEASE NOTE:
If you choose to participate in the bell ringing ceremony you should NOT plan to use the Arlington metro stop. The closest stop will be the Foggy Bottom stop.
Visitors should prepare for heat and sun. NPS recommends that visitors:
FIRST AID STATIONS
The USPP family reunification tent will be located on the south side of the Reflecting Pool, between the D.C. War Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Lost persons should be reported to any uniformed USPP officer or NPS ranger. Lost persons will be taken to the USPP family reunification tent.
Contact Phone - 800-311-7020 for general Questions regarding ticketing or accessibility
METRO Travel Information for March on Washington Anniversary - Wed. Aug. 28
For the Assembly Location at 600 New Jersey Ave NW, take Metrorail to:
For the National Mall, take Metrorail to:
Arlington Cemetery is not a recommended station, because Memorial Bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic by US Park Police.
Smithsonian Station is not a recommended station due to the potential for crowding.
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