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On Friday, the District government will celebrate D.C. Emancipation Day by taking the day off. As part of that official holiday, the Department of Public Works says it will not carry out sanitation services or enforce parking restrictions—except for along the route of the streetcar.
“‘Blocked’ Streetcar Parking Enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, e.g., Emancipation Day and Christmas Day, along H Street and Benning Road NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue NE,” DPW explains in a release. “On Sundays and holidays enforcement is between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Enforcement on Mondays [through] Thursdays is 6 a.m. to midnight; and on Fridays and Saturdays, enforcement runs between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. Normal enforcement citywide resumes Saturday, April 16.”
Garbage collection will also resume on Saturday, when the city has an Emancipation Day parade planned downtown. (These streets will close to traffic.) But on Friday, street sweeping will be suspended fully; it will resume on Monday, according to DPW. It won’t enforce rush-hour parking restrictions and expired meters.
Still, a DPW spokesperson cautions, the Metropolitan Police Department will continue to enforce parking restrictions on Friday if vehicles pose public safety risks. In other words, don’t park in a Metro bus stop or in the middle of the street.
On Friday, the District Department of Transportation also says in a release, “there will be no reversible lane operations” on Connecticut Avenue NW between Legation Street and Woodley Road and on 16th Street NW between Arkansas Avenue and Irving Street. “Drivers should anticipate congestion on the inbound lanes during morning rush and the outbound lanes during the evening rush hours,” it states.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery