Limos, Tanks and Bicycles to Bring Traffic to a Crawl

City drivers are likely in for a frustrating week, as Dmitry Medvedev's presidential inauguration Wednesday, Friday's Victory Day celebrations and a major cycling competition will lead to the closure of major thoroughfares.

The resulting congestion on city streets will likely be repeated below ground, as there are likely to be some disruptions to regular subway service as well, a Moscow metro spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Most of the traffic restrictions for the national events Wednesday, Friday and Saturday will affect streets in the city center, while two roads in the west and southwest of the city will be subject to periodic closures from Wednesday through Tuesday because of the Five Rings of Moscow cycling event.

On Wednesday, Novy Arbat, Ulitsa Varvarka and Ulitsa Ilyinka, Kremlyovskaya Naberezhnaya and Moskvoretskaya Naberezhnaya, Borovitskaya Ploshchad and Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. until after the inauguration, which is scheduled to begin at noon.

On Friday, the Boulevard Ring will be closed for traffic from 6 a.m. until the end of Victory Day festivities, and the Garden Ring will be closed from 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

But Saturday will see the most closings, with the cycling competition closing down Mokhovaya Ulitsa and Ulitsa Okhotny Ryad, Teatralny Proyezd and Kitaigorodsky Proyezd, Lubyanskaya Ploshchad, Novaya Ploshchad, Staraya Ploshchad and Borovitskaya Ploshchad, Kremlyovskaya Naberezhnaya and Moskvoretskaya Naberezhnaya, and the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky and Bolshoi Kamenny bridges.

The racing will also see Ulitsa Kosygina in the southwest of the city closed from Vorobyovskoye Shosse to Leninsky Prospekt from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Thursday and from 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Tuesday.

Krylatskaya Ulitsa in western Moscow will be closed from 10.30 a.m to 3.30 p.m. Sunday.

With regard to the metro, exits from the Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Okhotny Ryad, Teatralnaya, Aleksandrovsky Sad, Borovitskaya, Lubyanka and Arbatskaya metro stations could be closed during and after the Victory Day parade, a metro spokeswoman said Tuesday.