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Capitol Streets to Be Closed for State of the Union

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.

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