The Capitol fence is back up, but officials say its presence is temporary.
As President Joe Biden prepares to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 7, the State of the Union, the US Secret Service has requested additional security measures including the erection of the Capitol fencing. An email sent to members of Congress and staff indicates that the fence will remain in place until Wed. Feb. 8.
The Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) will remain open to the public until Tues. Feb. 7 at 12 p.m.
Changes to normal traffic patterns closures will be in effect throughout the day around the Capitol complex. Beginning at 6:30 a.m. the following roads will be closed:
- Pennsylvania Ave between First and Third Streets NW
- Maryland Ave between First St NW and Third St SW
- First St between Constitution Ave NW and Independence Ave SW
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the following roads will be closed:
- Constitution Ave between Louisiana Ave NW and Second St NE
- Independence Ave between Washington Ave SW and Second St SE
- First St between First St NE and Second St NE
- D St between First St NE and Second St NE
- First St between Independence Ave SE and Constitution Ave NE
- Maryland Ave between First St NE and Constitution Ave NE
- East Capitol St between First and Second Streets
- New Jersey Ave between C St NW and Constitution Ave NW
Beginning at 7 p.m., the following roads will be closed:
- Second St between Constitution Ave NE and Independence Ave SE
- Constitution Ave between Third St NW and Louisiana Ave NW
- First St between C St NW and Louisiana Ave NW
- Independence Ave between Third St SW and Washington Ave SW
- Washington Ave between Independence Ave SW and Washington Ave SW
- Second St between Washington Ave SW and C St SW
Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at email@example.com.