National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at the ellipse on Thursday evening, and with it come several road closures that could affect Penn Quarter residents/workers.
Beginning at about 4:30pm on Thursday:
- 15th Street will be closed between E Street and Constitution Ave N.W. Keep in mind that E street and Pennsylvania merge there.
- 17th Street will be closed between Constitution Ave N.W. and New York Ave N.W. This won't have as much of an effect since that is blocked by the ellipse anyway when coming from Penn Quarter.
However, these closings will affect you if you are traveling westbound from Penn Quarter on E, Pennsylvania or possibly Constitution, though you'll probably be able to get through. Furthermore, these closures will push traffic to other westbound roads, such as Massachusetts Ave.