Africa Leaders Summit Slows Traffic, Stops Pedestrians

Erin Schaff

Washington, D.C., underwent tight security as the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit arrived in the city. The summit was hosted by President Barack Obama. He invited 50 African leaders to discuss the future of U.S.-Africa relations and how they can expand cooperation in building the infrastructure for the continent of Africa.

As the summit unfolded, many of the roads throughout D.C. are closed and restricted parking was enforced causing commuters to take a detour route on some streets. While most of the road closures are happening in downtown D.C., Georgetown was still affected by the summit. In Georgetown, the president of Congo and his entourage — and others — stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. VIPs at the hotel caused 29th Street, NW, between K Streets, NW, to close until 6 p.m., Aug. 7. For pedestrians walking or working near the vicinity of hotels where leaders are staying, there were ID checks by the Secret Service.

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