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I-395 South reopened at Maine Ave

Mark Berman

9 A.M. UPDATE:

There are still bad delays on I-395 North at the 14th Street Bridge.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

All of the lanes have reopened on I-395 Southbound at Maine Avenue, according to D.C. Fire. All of the patients have been transported as well. However, there will still probably be some residual delays.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

Some of the southbound lanes have reopened and traffic is trickling by, according to D.C. Fire officials. There's no change regarding injuries -- everything reported so far has been minor, they said.

8:25 A.M. UPDATE:

As expected, the accident on I-395 is causing problems for commuters in both directions: I-395 North is absolutely crawling at the 14th Street Bridge.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

Preliminary reports suggest a car veered into a Metrobus, according to Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. Two people had minor injuries, but to be safe 18 people were transported "solely for observation at this time," she said.

Meanwhile, with multiple lanes still blocked, the District Department of Transportation recommends commuters detour onto 6th or 7th streets.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident continues to block several lanes of I-395 Southbound at Maine Avenue. The bus was reportedly occupied by students. But none of the injuries appear serious at this time.

-- And a pedestrian was struck at 13th Street and Columbia Road in Northwest, according to D.C. Fire.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident occurred on I-395 Southbound at Maine Avenue in Southwest and involved a Metro bus and a car, according to Deputy D.C. Fire Chief Ken Crosswhite. There are 18 patients at this time, none of whom appear to have serious injuries, he says. The accident took place at 7:38 a.m.

There are already numerous emergency vehicles on the scene -- two fire engines, multiple EMS units and a mass casualty bus is en route. There is no timetable yet for when this will be cleared, so expect major delays for at least the near future. Not only will southbound traffic be jammed up and slow, but northbound traffic will largely grind to a halt due to rubbernecking. (The ripple effect -- slowing down cars heading over the 14th Street Bridge from Virginia -- won't help the already-crawling I-395 North at the bridge.)

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on I-395 Southbound before Maine Avenue in Southwest involving a bus and a car could seriously snarl traffic, reports D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services. There might be as many as four people injured, though not seriously, according to a D.C. Fire Tweet. More information as we get it.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The debris on the Outer Loop has been cleared up....

-- ... but now an accident on I-495/Outer Loop after Georgia Avenue is blocking the right shoulder.

-- I-395 North remains troublesome. There's pretty bad congestion at the 14th Street Bridge, Glebe Road and Duke Street.

-- There's smoke reported at a building at 9th and Upshur streets in Northwest, according to a Tweet from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services. This could cause delays in the area.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- There's debris in the roadway on I-495/Outer Loop at the American Legion Bridge. It's
blocking one of the Outer Loop merge lanes on the Maryland side of the bridge.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- There are additional backups on I-395 North, of course: traffic is slowing down at the 14th Street Bridge, after Duke Street and heading towards Duke Street.

-- A single car accident on I-95 North before Powder Mill Road is blocking one of the shoulders.

6:15 A.M. UPDATE:

I-395 North is getting backed up at Duke Street.

ORIGINAL POST:

The roads are quiet so far this morning. Sure, there are lots of construction projects to keep in mind, but so far the early commute is reasonably quiet. Check back for updates throughout the morning rush.

By Mark Berman  | June 15, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  | Tags:  beltway, i-395 north, morning commute, outer loop  
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Comments

No post about the single tracking this morning between Friendship Heights and Medical Center/Bethesda? (Announcements at Chinatown at the single tracking between either station.) I had a 22-minute wait for a train this morning on the Glenmont-bound Red Line. I boarded a Yellow at Crystal City at 7:45, and I didn't arrive at Union Station until 8:26. Metro is an unsustainable joke. I was late twice last week (once for my train being offloaded, the second time for single tracking) and it's a good thing I have an understanding boss. Others aren't so lucky.

Posted by: pentagoncity1 | June 15, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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