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Canal Road blocked by downed tree

Mark Berman

Good morning commuters! Whether you're hitting the road because you've had it with Metro or because you couldn't find an emergency slide to take to the office, you need to know what to expect on the road. That's where we come in. Here's a gander at the headaches facing you this morning, and this post will be updated.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Inbound Canal Road is blocked between Clark Place and Reservoir Road due to a downed tree, according to the District Department of Transportation. Traffic is being diverted to Reservoir Road.

-- One of Wisconsin Avenue's northbound lanes remains blocked.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

Some more information on this morning's Potomac River episode: The search has been called off and the situation resolved, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer. He said they received a call at 6:30 a.m. about a person potentially going to jump from the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge (not the Memorial Bridge, as was reported earlier). While the officials were en route, the woman either fell or jumped into the river; passing boaters picked her up and brought her to the Thompson Boat Center.

A vehicle was found on the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge with a child safety seat, which is why personnel began searching the river and shoreline, he said. They later the child was accounted for, so the search ended. The woman involved was evaluated and taken to a local hospital, suffering from hypothermia and an "altered mental status," Piringer said.

The vehicle was moved from the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge and all lanes are now open.

7:45 A.M. UPDATE:
A fire truck is blocking the right lane of U.S. 50 Westbound before Kenilworth Avenue and causing major headaches. The Post's Michael Bolden reports that with only two lanes open, there are major backups for drivers.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:
-- Police activity, likely related to the Potomac River search, is blocking one inbound lane on Teddy Roosevelt Bridge.

-- One of Wisconsin Avenue's northbound lanes is still blocked.

-- I-66 East is slow at Chain Bridge Road.

7 A.M. UPDATE:
-- Now they are searching the Potomac River near the Teddy Roosevelt and Memorial bridges for another possible victim.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:
-- An adult woman was recovered from the Potomac River a few minutes ago, according to the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Twitter account. They Tweeted that this woman might have jumped from the Memorial Bridge. She is being evaluated by medical personnel at the Thompson Boat Center.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:
-- I-66 East has reopened at Nutley Street, but there are big backups stemming from the earlier closure.

-- The accident on the Outer Loop has been cleared.

-- One of Wisconsin Avenue's northbound lanes is still blocked in Bethesda.

ORIGINAL POST:
-- An accident on I-66 East at Nutley Street is blocking all eastbound lanes and shoulders. There's a detour at exit 62 (Nutley Street), but expect big delays.

-- An accident on the Outer Loop before Branch Avenue is blocking one Beltway lane and one of the shoulders.

-- A utility problem has closed one of Wisconsin Avenue's northbound lanes at Montgomery Avenue in Bethesda.

-- The District Department of Transportation's week-long paving of the Starburst intersection begins Tuesday. The intersection, which has been undergoing a major reconstruction, is located where 15th Street, H Street, Benning Road, Bladensburg Road and Maryland Avenue meet in Northeast D.C.

The work will require lane closings for a few hours on each roadway, beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on Saturday. During those hours, street parking will be prohibited on the segment being paved. (via Bob "The Doc" Thomson)

By Mark Berman  | August 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
 
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Comments

Jim, Sorry to hear but Your friend should contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for a free consultation, here is a good one that I know http://bit.ly/aK73S0 wish she feels better soon

Posted by: capperfred | August 10, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Ha! I always love stories about people threatening to jump from the low, river-spanning bridges in D.C. There was an episode several years ago on the Wilson Bridge that halted Beltway traffic for several hours. Don't people realize that the fall is not nearly great enough to kill them? The Teddy Roosevelt Bridge is like a high dive! Wanna jump? Go ahead! Do a cannonball for all I care!

Posted by: Jack45 | August 10, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Kill. All. The. Lawyers.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 10, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The adult lady recovered from the Potomac River on route 50/I66 jumped off of the bridge. My friend and I witnessed her jump after she parked her Mercedes. We flagged down a guide boat which was riding alongside canoeist. The gentleman in the guide boat departed from the canoeist and pulled the lady from the water but she was still partially submerged. Two gentlemen from the canoe (or rowing boat) jumped in the water and helped rescue the lady.
I just want to report this accurately because those gentlemen and women worked as a team to row the boat over to her and help pull her from the woman. She was on her back initially and turned over on her face after losing consciousness. Her face was under water for at least 4 minutes and if those people had not arrived we would have been helpless to assist her. The police and emergency medical team really stepped up. I am proud of the DC citizens. I pray she is ok.

Posted by: reggieburris | August 10, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like one of those days when the Orange Line doesn't seem so bad. I'm glad to hear no fatalities in any of these incidents and I hope the woman gets the help she needs.

Posted by: augrim08052010 | August 10, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

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