Excitement over D.C.’s high-profile new residents has been dampened by increased traffic congestion in the city with the nation’s second-longest commute.
While the Obama family is living at the Hay-Adams Hotel, the Secret Service has closed down streets around the historic building at 16th and H streets Northwest. The streets will remain closed until Jan. 15 when the first family-elect leaves for Blair House, before moving into the White House five days later.
Some streets along the route Obama’s children take to elite Sidwell Friends School in Northwest will also remain closed to traffic until midnight on Jan. 15.
“You may need to take alternative transportation if that’s an area you use to get to work,” Karyn LeBlanc, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Transportation said.
Street closures include a section of 16th Street near the Hay-Adams between I and H streets, a section of Connecticut Avenue between I and H streets, and a section of H Street between 17th Street and Vermont Avenue. In addition, parking will be restricted on I Street between 14th and 17th streets.