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Const. Ave blocked at 3rd St.

Kafia Hosh

Good morning all,

The weekend kicks off in a few hours (for most of us.) Let's hope the Friday commute is a smooth one. Here's what's going on so far:

8:30 AM Update: A serious accident is being reported inbound on Pennsylvania Ave SE after the Sousa Bridge. Only the second lane from the left gets by.

8:15 AM Update: An accident is being reported inbound on the Memorial bridge. Only the right lane gets by.

8 AM Update: Constitution Ave. at 3rd St. NW, just before Pennsylvania Ave, is blocked in both directions because of police activity. News Channel 8 is reporting that the closure is due to a medical emergency involving a construction worker.

7:40 AM Update: The right lane is blocked on southbound New Hampshire Ave NW after N. Capitol Street NE due to an accident.

7:10 AM Update: Route 606 (Old Ox Road) at Arcola Road in Loudoun County reopened and the accident has been cleared.

6:45 AM Update: Route 606 (Old Ox Road) at Arcola Road, just north of Route 50, is closed in both directions because of an accident. The vehicle is off the road and police are at the scene.

6:27 AM Update: All lanes reopened on Constitution Avenue.

6:21 AM Update: Right, eastbound lane is blocked on Constitution Avenue after 17th Street. The rest of Constitution has reopened.

6:05 AM Update: U.S. Park Police closed several blocks of Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW around the White House early Friday so bomb squad technicians could examine a vehicle parked in the area that had been deemed suspicious.
Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said Constitution Avenue was closed between 15th and 18th streets NW; 17th Street was closed from Independence Avenue to C Street.
The closures began about 5 a.m., and were still in place at 6 a.m.
"It is between the White House and the Washington Monument," Schlosser said, explaining why police were treating the situation with extreme caution. He said officers hoped to determine quickly whether the vehicle deemed suspicious posed a genuine threat.

--Debbi Wilgoren

5:40 AM: Constitution Avenue is blocked between 15th and 18th street because of a suspicious vehicle.

5:40 AM: Both directions of Spring Street between 2nd Ave and 16th St. are blocked because of downed wires.

By Kafia Hosh  | July 30, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, District, Driving  
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I think it would be helpful if you could add construction detours to your compilation of commuting issues. For example, Missouri Ave NW is being resurfaced, and it's been partially blocked to traffic during both pm and am rush hours. That would be useful information for drivers to know in advance. I realize that DDOT doesn't seem to be giving out that information, since I don't see it on its Twitter feed, but maybe you could request it. Thanks.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 30, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for your comment, WashingtonDame. A good resource for keeping abreast of construction projects here on the Washington Post is our road construction page here:

-Luke Rosiak, Deputy Transportation & Development Editor

Posted by: lrosiak | July 30, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for the link.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 30, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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