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Published on April 01, 2024
New York's Easter Alert: White House Egg Roll Causes D.C. Traffic Tangles, Detours in EffectSource: Google Street View

Hop to it, New Yorkers! The White House Easter Egg Roll is set to bring springtime fun and a basket of traffic disruptions to the District of Columbia today. Residents and visitors should brace themselves for a day of street closures and parking mayhem as the First Family plays host to one of the most egg-citing Easter traditions.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, major roadblocks are to thoroughly disrupt the flow around the White House, with emergency no parking coming into effect as early as 6:00 a.m., stretching until 7:00 p.m. So, if you were planning to smoothly navigate the vicinity of Pennsylvania Avenue, it's time to plot an alternative course.

As detailed by the MPD's traffic advisory, 15th Street from Constitution Avenue to Upper Pennsylvania Avenue, NW will become a no-go zone for vehicles. Get ready to twist and turn through alternative routes, as these closures are clamped down for the duration of today's festivities.

In a nod to local residents, select streets will remain accessible but expect to share those lanes with a surge of pedestrian traffic—the inevitable side effect of having the Easter Bunny in town. Local thoroughfares such as parts of New York Avenue, G Street, and F Street between 14th and 15th Streets, NW will bear the brunt of local detours. For those looking to keep ahead of the Easter parade of closures, MPD recommends checking out live updates via their X account, twitter.com/DCPoliceTraffic.

Remember, those who dare to ignore the festive parking restrictions will find themselves hopping mad when their vehicles get towed faster than you can say "chocolate bunny." Street signs are not just decorative; any car parked in violation of emergency no parking zones will quickly be whisked away, leaving their owners to deal with the hassle and fees of vehicle recovery.

So, while the White House lawn gets transformed into a pastel playground, drivers should take this traffic advisory seriously. The only hunt you'll want to be on today is for a hassle-free route around the capital, not your impounded car. Motorists, consider yourself warned: plan ahead, stay informed and may your Easter be free of traffic troubles.