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New task force to evaluate opening White House street

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new security task force will evaluate the safety of reopening Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. Studying the possibility of allowing traffic to drive directly in front of the White House was one of President Bush's campaign promises.

Formation of the task force, which will include the National Capital Planning Commission, will be announced Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

The panel will also assess security at several of the federal buildings and monuments in Washington, but first, it will study the White House issue, the Post reported Thursday.

The stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue was closed after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.