January 24, 2016
Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles
Washington–All facilities and services in Greater Washington Area national parks will remain closed on Monday, January 25 while snow removal continues following this weekend's historic blizzard. Drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and skiers are asked to continue to stay off roads. If you must drive, reduce your speed and be cautious of icy conditions.
Crews in the immediate D.C. area are working diligently to clear and treat major roadways, sidewalks, and Metro station entrances located on National Park Service lands. Efforts to reopen parks, assess facilities, and clear roads, trails, and sidewalks will continue through the week. Please check with individual parks for status updates before visiting.
- Northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway is closed from Spout Run to Route 123. The closure will extend north from Route 123 to I-495 as work progresses until Noon on Monday. The parkway is expected to close again from 8 p.m. Monday until 4 a.m. Tuesday from Route 123 to I-495.
- For the safety of employees and visitors and to allow maintenance crews to complete snow removal, the stairs at the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson memorials are closed to all use.
- Snow removal crews will not begin efforts to clear the Capital Crescent Trail until at least Tuesday.
- Beach Drive is closed in both directions between Broad Branch and the Maryland state line
- Rock Creek Parkway will not follow its typical Monday-Friday schedule during rush hours and will instead remain two ways.