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Conn. Ave. reopens

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6:10 p.m. Update: All lanes have reopened, according to DDOT.

4:15 p.m. Update: Traffic control officers are on the scene and traffic is gradually being permitted to move through the area. Some closures are still in effect.


4:05 p.m. Update:
The fire is under control, according to D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer. However, he said several large buildings in the area are without power.

3:45 p.m. Update: Pete Piriniger reports that the fire has been knocked down.

3:32 p.m. Update: Pete Piringer reports that the National Airport Foam Unit has been called to assist with the fire.

3:15 p.m. Update: Pete Piringer reports that Connecticut is still closed to traffic as the transformer fire burns. Pepco crews are on the scene, with D.C.'s Fire/EMS teams assisting.

2:45 p.m. Update: According to D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer, the transformer is located underground in front of an office building at 1875 Connecticut Ave. There have been violent explosions and arcing, and the building has been evacuated, he said.

The fire -- which Piringer described as "pretty spectacular" -- is contained but continues to burn, and emergency crews are standing by waiting for Pepco to respond.

Connecticut Avenue is closed in both directions between T and Calvert streets, along with portions of Florida and T Street, he said.


2:11 p.m. Update: Connecticut Avenue travelers won't just encounter the problem at Florida Avenue. The traffic signals at the intersection with East-West Highway are out. use caution at that busy intersection.

The signals are also out at the traffic circle on 16th Street NW near Walter Reed. Police are on the scene.

Problems remain throughout the area, however. And drivers should treat such intersections as four-way stops.

Original post: The afternoon commute is already getting off to a difficult start as drivers and transit passengers face the lingering effects of this morning's violent storms.

Travelers on Connecticut Avenue NW will encounter delays as emergency crews deal with a smoking, arcing transformer in the 1800 block. The street is closed in the vicinity, according to D.C. emergency officials.

By Michael Bolden  | August 12, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
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