Updated 5:57 p.m. | Federal and local District of Columbia officials are bracing for the hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit D.C. during the first leg of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, security officials likened the event to a presidential inauguration, and transportation officials said there will be a number of road closures in effect. Congressional staffers and visitors will face a series of closures when the pontiff heads to the Capitol on Sept. 24 to address a joint meeting of Congress. District Department of Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo said Independence Avenue will be closed that morning, from Second Street Southwest to Third Street Southeast. Constitution Avenue will also be closed from Third Street Northeast to Second Street Southwest.