Coast Guard to establish security zone for State of the Union address

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard will establish a temporary security zone in designated waters of the National Capital Region for the State of the Union address Wednesday. During this period, security zone enforcement will prohibit navigation by commercial and recreational waterway users.

Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., along with temporarily relocated units from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Md., Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams from Boston, Mass., and Kings Bay, Ga., will work with the Secret Service, U.S. Capitol Police, D.C. Harbor Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in providing security during the State of the Union address.

The security zone will include the Potomac River from the Francis Scott Key Bridge (U.S. Route 29) down to Potomac River buoy number four, approximately 1 mile north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge from shoreline to shoreline. The security zone will include the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin as well as the Anacostia River from the 11th Street Bridge down to its confluence with the Potomac River.

The waterways will be closed to recreational and commercial traffic from noon to midnight.

For vessels seeking authorization to enter or transit the security zone, contact the Coast Guard at 410-576-2693 or via marine-band radio on VHF channel 16.

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