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Cherry Blossom Traffic Pattern

This community notice comes to us from the U.S. Park Police:

The blooms of Cherry Trees around the Tidal Basin will require some traffic pattern changes so that we can have better traffic flow for the viewers. 

The traffic pattern change will start on Saturday March 26, 2011 and last until Sunday April 10, 2011. These traffic patterns will be in effect 24 hours a day.

Traffic coming from Maine Avenue onto East Basin Drive, heading towards the Jefferson Memorial, will be required to head down Ohio Drive towards Hains Point.

Vehicles continuing on East Basin Drive will be required to exit onto I-395 south.

Tour buses will be allowed to continue towards the Jefferson Memorial.

Vehicles on Ohio Drive will NOT be allowed to turn westbound onto Buckeye Drive. These cars must continue around Hains Point.

Traffic exiting northbound I 395 at the East Potomac Park/Park Police Exit will be required to turn left onto Buckeye Drive.

All cars on Ohio Drive exiting Hains Point, riverside, must continue along the river towards West Potomac Park and cross Inlet Bridge into West Potomac Park.

All traffic on Ohio Drive in West Potomac Park will be ONE WAY north towards Independence Avenue.

There will be NO southbound traffic on Ohio Drive from Independence Avenue.

Traffic and parking is always difficult when these blossoms peak. The National Park Service and the United States Park Police STRONGLY encourage visitors to use public transportation or bikes to view this incredible display.

Please drive carefully paying attention to the many pedestrians in the area and do not leave valuables in view in your parked car.