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New York Ave. and 295 reopen

Mark Berman

Good morning. Welcome back to the fun and hustle of your morning grind after a three-day holiday weekend. Here's a look at what might impact your morning commute:

10:45 a.m. Update: The District Department of Transportation reports that all lanes of northbound DC 295 have reopened.

10:20 a.m. Update: Traffic cameras show a steady flow of inbound traffic on New York Avenue. The traffic eases considerably once your past Bladensburg.

8:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on New York Avenue is blocking inbound lanes before Bladensburg Road. Emergency medical services are on the scene checking out two injured people, according to a Tweet by D.C. Fire.

-- A disabled vehicle is blocking one lane of Kenilworth Avenue/MD 201 South at I-95.

-- I-295 North remains blocked at Benning Road.


8:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Possible delays in Northeast: There was an accident on the 3600 block of New York Avenue in Northeast, according to a Tweet from D.C. Fire.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Police are on the scene and directing traffic at 10th and G streets in Northwest. The intersection remains a traffic headache, so avoid if you can.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A gas leak at 10th and G streets in Northwest is causing traffic issues as crews check out the situation and nearby buildings, according to a Tweet from DC Fire. They also Tweeted that the streets are being blocked off, so avoid the area around Metro Center if you can help it this morning.

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The water main break is blocking two lanes of I-295 Northbound near Benning Road. This could cause some serious delays in the area, headaches that won't abate for the rest of rush hour. Avoid I-295 North if you can.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

An update on the overnight power outage that occurred in the District. Apparently there were never 1,400 people without power, according to Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey. There were no more than two dozen without power due to a secondary cable that burned in Northeast, he said. The computer system erroneously reported the larger outage because it thought the main circuit had outages, as opposed to the secondary cable.

The outages occurred in the 700 block of 12th Street and around the 1200 block of Linden Place in Northeast. They hope to have power restored by noon today, after taking the charred and burnt secondary cable out of the ground and replacing it, Hainey said.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Due to the water main break, only one lane of Kenilworth Avenue northbound is open at Benning Road in Northeast.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on I-95 North/the Beltway at Van Dorn Street is blocking the left lane.

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

-- A water main break on northbound Kenilworth Avenue near Benning Road is blocking several lanes, according to a Tweet from DC Fire.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A big improvement in the power outage situation in the District. The outages, which impacted more than 1,400 people for the last several hours, are now impacting more than 600 people in Northeast and Southeast. This might not be comforting if you're one of the people still dealing with outages, but it's an improvement.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Traffic is incredibly backed up on I-66 East leading to Nutley Street.

6:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on I-495 South has been cleared.

-- The power outage is still swamping parts of Northeast and Southeast.

ORIGINAL POST:

-- A power outage impacting more than 1,400 people in the District could have some traffic repercussions. According to Pepco's power outage map, the outage spans from North Capitol Street to Southern Avenue in Northeast, and it stretches down past East Capitol Street and into Southeast.

-- An accident on I-495 South at Route 7/Leesburg Pike is blocking the right shoulder and could slow traffic in the area.

By Mark Berman  | July 6, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting  
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