West Basin Drive, SW, in front of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, currently is closed to vehicular traffic due to the staging and construction areas for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The road itself will be realigned during the memorial construction and reopened following completion and dedication of the MLK Memorial.
Access to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is not affected by this road closure. Handicapped accessible parking remains on site near the intersection of West Basin Drive and Ohio Drive, SW.
Did You Know?
The statue of FDR in a wheelchair, located at the memorial entrance, was not part of the original design, nor was it present for the 1997 dedication. Interested parties, including the National Organization on Disability, fought to depict FDR in a wheelchair; this additional statue appeared in 2001.