December 18, 2017
    Outlook unknown for association execs on this Inauguration

    One thing is for sure: Getting into the city will be a challenge, Thinking Aloud, by Ed Dalere

    By Ed Dalere | 01/19/2017

    It’s Inauguration weekend for Donald Trump in DC. You’ve heard of the planned protests - both peaceful and disruptive - but the event itself is enough to shut down business as usual in the downtown area of Washington.

    For those who still are expecting to go to work in DC on Inauguration day (I hope not many of you) here are some of the road closings: 

    Memorial Bridge is closed. In addition to vehicles, pedestrians cannot get across the span. Key, Chain and Anacostia bridges are open.

    Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue are closed between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

    Independence Avenue and a portion of the Rock Creek Parkway between the Tidal Basin and the Kennedy Center are closed. Inbound traffic on Interstate 66 from Virginia is diverted onto the Potomac Freeway toward the Whitehurst Freeway.

    As of Thursday morning, driving and parking restrictions are in effect for locations as far away as K Street and Washington Circle, as many as five blocks removed from the web of closures downtown. Only residents or local business traffic will be permitted to flow into this restricted zone. National Guard personnel will assist with verifying traffic entering these areas.

    By 2 p.m. on Thursday, Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Circle are scheduled to be closed in front of Union Station for an inaugural event. H Street NE and First Street NE near the bus depot and parking garages are scheduled to remain open but periodic stoppages of traffic are expected until 11 p.m.

    On Inauguration day, Metrorail will open at 4 a.m. and close at midnight. From opening until 9 p.m., trains will run at near rush-hour service levels with peak fares in effect. Check the Metro website,, for station entrance closings and parking changes.

    For more information, consult the websites of any of the D.C. news outlets.

    Association executives expect to remain in a holding pattern at least for the first few months, as the new administration and Congress work out their plans. See reaction here.  In conversations with association executives, organizations already are carving out their strategies, employing strategic hiring in their government relations area, and working on established relationships, seeing how committee assignments in Congress will pan out. It’s a busy and frenetic time here in DC.

    On this inauguration eve, TRENDS wishes everyone safe travels in your nation's capital.

    Association TRENDS