Watergate garage collapse fallout: Kennedy Center Parking Advisory

Also: Additional construction alert affecting KenCen parking discounts to take effect May 18, 2015.

Watergate complex.
Aerial view of Washington DC's Watergate complex, circa 2006. On May 1, one of its parking garages suffered a collapse. (Via Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 – As most Washingtonians now know, a portion of the Watergate complex parking garage facility collapsed on May 1 from presently unknown causes, severely damaging utilities and forcing most businesses, including the CVS pharmacy, to close down indefinitely due to utility and safety issues.

The long-closed hotel portion of the complex has been undergoing an extensive renovation and refurbishment, and the recent collapse is being viewed as a considerable setback, not to mention an inconvenience for the many residents and businesses located there.

Due to ongoing safety and excavation efforts, there are major traffic disruptions in the area approaching the Watergate, particularly on Virginia Ave, NW. These disruptions, including possible closures of the Watergate complex parking garages, may affect those planning to attend performances at the Kennedy Center in the near future.

As a public service, what follows is a pair of official Kennedy Center bulletins on the current parking situation for that complex. We’re printing both announcements verbatim and unedited.

As the situation remains somewhat fluid at the Watergate, this information may be updated. To view the latest advisories, visit this Kennedy Center link.

Traffic Advisory Because of Incident at Watergate Complex

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015. Updated on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Due to the collapse of a portion of the parking garage at the Watergate complex, patrons may experience difficulty in navigating the Kennedy Center area by car. Some of the streets around the Center continue to be utilized by construction and emergency personnel. Virginia Avenue eastbound continues to be closed from Rock Creek Parkway to Juarez Circle. One lane of Virginia Avenue eastbound is now open from Rock Creek Parkway to Juarez Circle. Street closures are subject to change.

If you are planning to arrive by car, we encourage you to allow plenty of extra time when driving to the Kennedy Center. Parking entrances off of Rock Creek Parkway will continue to be available for patron parking.

If coming from Virginia, take the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge (RIGHT LANE) to Rock Creek Parkway.

If traveling southbound on Rock Creek Parkway and it is too congested to turn left on Virginia Avenue, continue south on Rock Creek Parkway past the Kennedy Center, bear left past the Roosevelt Bridge, and once you pass under Memorial Bridge, bear right onto Ohio Drive, and turn left around the circle to make a left turn onto northbound Rock Creek Parkway.

Kennedy Center Shuttles are on normal operation, and bus and taxi access will follow normal routing.


Temporary Suspension of the Early Arrival Parking Discount and Related Dining Discount

Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Due to a delay in the demolition and land preparation related to the Kennedy Center Expansion, the Kennedy Center is temporarily suspending the Early Arrival Parking Discount and related Dining Discount, effective Monday, May 18, 2015. The discounts will be reinstated this fall, once active construction commences. Thank you for your understanding.

Schedule subject to change.

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