- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 16, 2001

With their Humvees and camouflage, National Guard troops stopped patrolling the streets of Washington as of 12:01 yesterday morning, when D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams rescinded the state of emergency order he had declared following terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.
Mr. Williams ordered city officials to stay in a heightened state of alert, however, because he believes there is "a significant concern that terrorist groups or individuals may engage in violence in the District."
Also yesterday, Metropolitan Police reopened most of the streets that had been abruptly closed to traffic Thursday. That move frees up several streets downtown, especially around the White House and the Capitol.
On Thursday, the Secret Service closed several major downtown arteries without warning, causing many commuters caught in the ensuing traffic snarl to pull into garages or park on the street — and take the subway home.
Constitution Avenue, I Street, 14th Street and 18th Street are open, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Still closed near the White House are east-west streets between 14th and 18th streets NW and north-south streets between I Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
Streets still closed near the Capitol are: C Street between Washington Avenue SW and Second Street SE, South Capitol Street between D Street and Independence Avenue SE, and New Jersey Avenue between D Street and Independence Avenue SE.
The Potomac and Anacostia rivers are still under the control of the U.S. Coast Guard, which is patrolling the waters in front of military installations, such as the Navy Yard. The rivers remain closed to boating, police said.
The Coast Guard beefed up patrols to control water traffic around Navy vessels along the Virginia shorelines, particularly off Portsmouth, Va. More than 200 Coast Guard reservists were activated in Virginia and Florida following the terrorist attacks, an official said yesterday.

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