Capitol Streets to Be Closed for State of the Union

Posted January 27, 2003 at 11:23am

Access to streets around the Capitol and the House and Senate office buildings will be restricted Tuesday night for President Bush’s annual State of the Union address.

House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood sent a “Dear Colleague” letter Monday stating that most streets around the campus will be closed to all traffic.

After 7:30 p.m., vehicle access to the Capitol will be limited to Independence Avenue and Second Street Southeast; New Jersey Avenue and D Street Southeast; Washington and Independence avenues Southwest; and Washington Avenue and C Street Southwest.

Vehicles at these locations will be limited to Members of Congress and their spouses, along with vehicles with a valid House parking permit and at least one occupant with a valid House staff ID card.

The House side of the Capitol will be closed at 5:30 p.m. or when the House goes into recess. Only visitors with tickets or staff members who have an office in the Capitol will be allowed to enter. The gallery will open at 7:30 p.m.