Capitol Police announce street closures, restrictions for State of the Union address

Greg Nash

U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday announced street closures and restrictions that will go into effect ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address next week in the House chamber.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5, the day of the speech, portions of several streets surrounding the Capitol will be closed and access will be restricted to people with authorization, the Capitol Police said in a statement. 

The streets include Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Avenue, Independence Avenue, South Capitol Street and New Jersey Avenue.

{mosads}A full list of street closures that will go into effect can be seen here.

A number of other restrictions will also be put into effect by Capitol Police. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., only people with credentials and other authorizations will be permitted inside the Capitol. Authorized individuals include members of Congress, invited guests, ticketed guests and members of the media. 

Starting at 7 p.m., most vehicles will not be permitted within the Capitol Grounds, according to Capitol Police. Only drivers with a congressional parking sticker and congressional identification, as well as drivers with Capitol Police credentials, will be allowed to enter the area. 

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Capitol Police will also restrict a few streets to only credentialed and authorized pedestrians. Those streets include portions of First Street, Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue.

Public tours of the Capitol will also be suspended at noon on Feb. 5 before resuming on Feb. 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Trump is expected to deliver the State of the Union address at 9 p.m. on Feb. 5. Democrats have tapped Stacey Abrams, who ran unsuccessfully last year for governor of Georgia, to issue the party’s response.

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