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Police shut down streets as trucker convoy rolls into D.C. for the first time

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On Monday, police shut down streets as a convoy of truckers made their way toward downtown Washington, D.C.

After many days of doing laps on the Capital Beltway, the “People’s Convoy” are reportedly making their way into the D.C. area via  I-395 in Arlington.

The Washington D.C. Police Department responded by issuing a traffic alert warning that due to demonstration activity on I-395, I-695, and I-295, motorists should expect traffic delays. Police also alerted drivers to the fact that they have closed a number of streets and highway exits “to keep traffic moving safely through the area.”

Video captured near the Pentagon shows the convoy. You can hear convoy participants blasting their horns amid slowed traffic on I-395.

The Washington Post reports that the group previously submitted a request for a permit to demonstrate at the National Mall for two weeks, but the request was denied.

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz joined the lead truck in the People’s Convoy in a gesture of support for the group, who are pushing to remove COVID-19 related mandates.

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