Expect Traffic Problems During Summit Next Week

President Barack Obama and 50 African leaders will gather for the inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, the largest gathering ever any president has hosted for African heads of state. This summit will serve as a multilateral forum to discuss America’s advancement in cooperation with African governments.

The theme of the summit is “Investing in the Next Generation,” whereby leaders will hold meetings to discuss the importance of investing in the future of the continent by engaging young Africans by expanding cooperation between the countries represented.

This large summit will make it difficult for commuters starting from Sunday through Wednesday. Many streets throughout the west side of Washington will be closed, and parking will be restricted.

Several Metrobus routes will travel on a detour route due to road closures. Metrorail will operate as normal.

“Motorists should pay close attention to motorcades and short-term road closures,” Reggie Sanders, spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, told the Washington Post. “Driving downtown probably will not be a good idea during this period, because there will be a lot of rolling closures on streets.”

Stay up-to-date to road closure schedule by clicking [here](http://www.secretservice.gov/press/JIC02-14_AfricaMap.pdf#page=1&zoom=160,-50,612
And refer [here](http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/metro_service_status/rail_bus.cfm?#bus).

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