Pope Francis’ visit next week will affect trash pickup and other services provided by the Department of Public Works.

Bulk waste collection for residents of Ward 3 will be delayed until Sept. 25, two days later than usual, according to a press release from DPW. Trash pickup for Ward 3 residents will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 24 and “continue until streets are closed.” (Sections of Massachusetts Avenue will experience closures between Sept. 22 and Sept. 24 due to close proximity of the Vatican Embassy. See a full list of closures here.) DPW will collect trash and recycling in Wards 4 and 5 beginning at 6 a.m. on Sept. 23.

Parking Enforcement Officers will enforce special parking restrictions throughout the city where special event parking signs are posted. Other parking and meter restrictions will be enforced as usual. DPW will not impose restrictions in areas with street cleaning suspensions.

The Fort Totten transfer station will close at 1 p.m. on Sept. 23, but no one may enter the station after 12:30 p.m. Normal hours will resume on Sept. 24.

More information on changes to parking restrictions and trash collection can be found in the press release below.

Tuesday, September 22-Thursday, September 24

Parking Enforcement Officers will enforce parking restrictions during the Papal visit as special event parking signs, e.g., Emergency No Parking, indicate. The DPW Parking Enforcement Management Administration will not enforce street sweeping restrictions on streets were street cleaning has been suspended. Other parking restrictions such as Residential Parking Permit (RPP), No Standing or Parking Anytime and meter restrictions will be enforced. Street sweeping routes outside of the Papal special event areas will be enforced as normal as well as all other parking restrictions. Parking restrictions in the Nationals Park neighborhood will be enforced as usual.

Motorists who believe their vehicle has been towed should call DPW’s centralized towing office at 202.541.6083.

“Blocked” Streetcar Parking Enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, e.g., Labor Day, along H Street and Benning Road, NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. On Sundays and holidays enforcement is between 8 am and 10 pm. Enforcement on Mondays-Thursdays is 6 am to 11 am; and on Fridays and Saturdays, enforcement runs between 6 am and 1 am.

DPW will enforce parking regulations in the Nationals Park neighborhood when the Nationals play on September 22 and 23.

Wednesday, September 23

The Ft. Totten Transfer Station will close at 1 pm; no one may enter the line to access the facility after 12:30 pm; commercial customers only will be able to use the Benning Road Transfer Station at 3200 Benning Road, NE. This transfer station opens at 4 am and will close Wednesday at 6 pm. Ft. Totten resumes normal service hours Thursday, September 24.

Bulk waste collections scheduled in Ward 3 will be postponed to Friday, September 25. DPWemployees are calling each resident to advise them of the new collection date. Residents should place their bulk items where their trash and recyclables are collected.

Trash and recycling collections in Wards 4 and 5 will be made starting at 6 am to ensure completion before the streets are closed.

Residential street sweeping will be suspended on these streets and blocks; therefore, parking enforcement for street sweeping violations will be suspended and all other restrictions will be enforced:

200 block East Capitol Street, NE/SE 200-300 blocks of Massachusetts Avenue, NE Unit block Michigan Avenue, NE Unit block Girard Street, NE Unit block Franklin Street, NE Lincoln Road, NE between Franklin Street, NE and 4th Street, NE Monroe Street, NE between Michigan Avenue and 8th Street, NE

Thursday, September 24

Ward 3 – Thursday’s trash and recycling collections will be made starting at 7 am (unless the temperature is 90 degrees or air quality is Code Orange or Red, then collections will begin at 6 am) and continue until streets are closed.

Residential street sweeping will be suspended on these streets and blocks; therefore, parking enforcement for street sweeping violations will be suspended and all other restrictions will be enforced:

200 block East Capitol Street, NE/SE
200-300 blocks of Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Unit block Michigan Avenue, NE
Unit block Girard Street, NE
Unit block Franklin Street, NE
Lincoln Road, NE between Franklin Street, NE and 4th Street, NE
Monroe Street, NE between Michigan Avenue and 8th Street, NE
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