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Teams checking bridges, tunnels

Mark Berman

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Good morning! Did you feel the earthquake that hit the region early Friday morning? (Yes, an earthquake.) That' unusual way to wake up in Washington, I suppose. Anyway, here's a look at the traffic headaches this morning:


-- Inspection teams are checking out underground facilities, vaults, tunnels, bridges and overpasses throughout the day, according to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services. No damage reports. And there's no damage or injuries according to reports from Metro, the National Parks Service, any water or gas utilities or local transit agencies, D.C. Fire reports.

-- Pepco also reported no outages or any problems owing to this morning's quake. They checked out their systems and everything was working fine.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission reports no water main breaks and nothing out of the ordinary due to the earthquake on Friday morning.

-- Regarding the report from earlier this morning regarding a crack on the street in Northwest: A road operations unit from the District Department of Transportation went out there and didn't find anything, said spokesman John Lisle. And there was no reported damage so far, he said.

-- Thus far, no damage has been reported and no impact has yet been seen in terms of roads, infrastructure, utilities or public works.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The I-95 Northbound local lane has reopened.

-- Roadwork on the Outer Loop at Kenilworth Avenue is now blocking one lane and one merge lane.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-66 East is incredibly jammed at the Beltway, while I-495 North is incredibly backed up leading to I-66.

-- The I-270 South debris has been cleared up.

-- One of the I-95 Northbound local lanes is blocked by roadwork at Riggs Road/MD 212.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-395 North is badly backed up at the 14th Street Bridge.

-- There's debris on I-270 South to the south of Shady Grove Road. Yes, but is it earthquake-related!?!?, it's probably just some debris. Anyway, it's blocking the southbound shoulder.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services reports that District Department of Transportation crews are checking out a crack in the road at 7th and Dahlia streets in Northwest. It might be related to the quake. We'll keep you posted.

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Thus far, it seems like traffic will be unimpeded by the early morning earthquake. No delays or issues were reported by local traffic or transit agencies. There appears to be no impact on the roads for the Friday morning rush hour.

-- There was also no reported impact for Metro trains and buses, said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel.

6:15 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The I-270 North lane has reopened.

-- There are no reported traffic or road concerns stemming from the earthquake. We'll bring you anything we hear.


-- Roadwork on I-270 North at Falls Road is blocking one northbound lane.

-- In the District, there was no reported damage or need for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services to respond, according to a Tweet by D.C. Fire.

By Mark Berman  | July 16, 2010; 5:46 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  | Tags:  morning roundup  
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Probably a good inspection of some of the older bridges are in order. Some of them look like they are ready to fall in without an earthquake.

Posted by: reesemichael | July 16, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm just stunned that Metrorail somehow managed to remain operational (at least trains continued to run) despite such obvious environmental challenges.

Posted by: mika_england | July 16, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

There were a lot of power outages later in the day.

Posted by: DOEJN | July 16, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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