BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In just nine days, the United States Secret Service will embark on it’s biggest security mission; Inauguration Day.
Every four years, the presidential inauguration brings the task of protecting the president-elect and thousands of people attending the event.
WJZ’s Marcus Washington went to the nation’s Capitol to speak with Secret Service officials about security preparations on the big day.
On January 20, in front of the U.S. Capitol building, President-Elect Donald Trump will take his oath to become the 45th President of the United States.
An estimated 800,000 people are scheduled to attend, making security the number one priority for the U.S. Secret Service.
Secret Service special agent Bryant Ebert says planning for the inauguration started back in June 2016, months before a winner was announced in the presidential election.
Miles of roads surrounding the Capitol will be blocked off and/or limited to vehicles with security clearance, covering nearly ever step in uniform; some in plain clothes.
For many people who live and work in the district, Inauguration Day is a day that they want to avoid, because of the crowds and traffic.
If you’re heading to the inauguration, click here for a list of the road closures and suggested ways of transportation.