Canal Road blocked by downed tree
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.
-- 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)
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