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Conn Ave reopened at Calvert St

Mark Berman

Another day, another commute filled with potential headaches and traffic issues. Here's a look at what's going on out there on the roads [this post will be updated]:

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-395 North is still sluggish at the 14th Street Bridge.

-- I-495 North is also pretty slow heading towards I-66.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The I-495 South left lane has reopened at Leesburg Pike.

-- I-395 North is still very slow at the 14th Street Bridge.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A disabled vehicle is blocking the left lane on I-495 South at Leesburg Pike.

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

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

Traffic is moving again on Calvert Street and Connecticut Avenue in Northwest. A look at our trusty friends the traffic cameras shows us that there aren't even bad backups stemming from the closure of this stretch for several hours Friday morning.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

Connecticut Avenue has reopened at Calvert Street, while Calvert Street is about to reopen, according to the District Department of Transportation. Cars heading north on Connecticut Avenue are already lined up at Calvert Street and stretching back on the bridge. Several police cars and a helicopter circling still remain from this morning's issues.

7:10 A.M. UPDATE:

Connecticut Avenue remains closed in both directions at Calvert Street after an hours-long standoff between police officials and a man believed to be threatening to jump from the Taft Bridge connecting the Woodley Park and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. The roadway should reopen by 7:30 a.m.

The police received a phone call at about 2 a.m. asking for help on the bridge, according to Lt. Nicholas Breul, Metropolitan Police Department spokesman. There was a 33-year-old male in the center span of the bridge, standing on the edge of the bridge's eastern side. (This is the side that faces the Duke Ellington Bridge connecting Woodley Park and Adams Morgan. That bridge, unlike the Connecticut Avenue Bridge, has high metal railing; the Connecticut Avenue Bridge has barriers that are several feet shorter.)

After nearly five hours of discussion between the crisis negotiators and young man, who was not identified, he finally stepped off of the bridge shortly before 7 a.m. Friday morning. The police are currently examining bags and materials he had with him and clearing out their equipment.

6:50 A.M. UPDATE:

Connecticut Avenue was blocked due to a possible jumper on the bridge connecting the Woodley Park and Dupont Circle neighborhoods, according to the D.C. police. But it was resolved "without incident." The road remains blocked for now.

6:48 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-66 East is backed up at Nutley Street.

-- I-495 North is congested at Gallows Road.

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

Connecticut Avenue is closed in both directions at Calvert Street in Northwest due to police activity. Beach Drive in Rock creek is also closed in both directions below Connecticut Avenue/the Taft Bridge.

6:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-95 North has reopened at Cherry Hill Road.

-- But there are issues on I-95 in Virginia. An accident on I-95 South is blocking the exit ramp to Lorton, while I-95 North is very congested leading up to Lorton.


-- Roadwork on I-95 North at Cherry Hill Road is blocking one northbound lane.

-- An accident on I-395 South at Duke Street is blocking the shoulder.

-- A disabled vehicle on I-495 North at Braddock Road is blocking the shoulder.

By Mark Berman  | July 20, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting  | Tags:  morning roundup  
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Wash Post, thanks for the age of the man - 33 years old. What's the ethicity though? Since your bloggers make conclusions about alot based on that, especially a local murder. Thanks, so that many of us can make our conclusions on this (why, like lost a job or entitlement based on upbringing, etc...). Thanks

Posted by: kedavis | July 20, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

It is TUESDAY not "Friday morning" and the bridges were blocked about two hours after the call was received in this four-hour standoff!

Posted by: Chris543 | July 20, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

First thing, let's kill all the lawyers.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 20, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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