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What to expect at the National Mall


It has been a busy few days in Washington, D.C., preparing for the inauguration.

You can't even begin to imagine all the work that goes into hosting 700,000 people for a party on the National Mall.

If you plan on coming to Washington, there are a few things that you should know before you get there.

NBC12's Ryan Nobles, spent some time on the National Mall to show us what to expect.

President Obama will take the oath of office underneath the Capitol dome. Most people will watch standing on the mall, in fact we expect people to fill in all the way down to the Washington Monument.

Four years ago, people were lined up all the way past the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.

Standing closer to The Capitol, gives you a better idea of what the inauguration actually looks like. Folks that are up in this area will actually need a ticket to get close to see the swearing in.

What is interesting is that President Obama was already officially sworn in Sunday morning along with Vice President Biden; that is because the constitution dictates that it has to take place on the 20th.

For most people the view of President Obama will just be a tiny speck in the distance, but don't worry, you'll be able to get an up close view with giant Jumbotrons. They are stationed at just about every block along the National Mall.

So now, where you are probably going to stand, what things are going to look like, and what the experience will overall anticipate, but there is one more thing you are probably concerned about.

The inauguration experience is a long day in a pretty confined space, so you probably want to make sure where the bathrooms are and you are in luck: they have set up Porta-Potties all along the National Mall on both sides every few feet, so when you have to "go" there is going to be an easy place.

So from Jumbotrons to Porta-Potties, the inauguration is an experience that isn't easy, but one that is worth the effort if you come prepared. 

Part of that preparation includes budgeting extra time for your commute. Expect a lot of heavy traffic along I-95 Northbound, especially between Fredericksburg and Washington.

If you're hitting the roads early, get real-time traffic updates from Tracy Lynn, beginning at 4:30 a.m. on 12 News Today.

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