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Rte. 355 northbound reopens

Mark Berman

Good morning commuters! The weather outside is going to be mild. How are the roads looking? Keep your eyes here throughout the morning and we'll let you know.

8:55 A.M. UPDATE: Two lanes northbound have reportedly reopened on 355, which isn't much help for rush-hour travelers. I-270, Great Seneca or Muncaster remain your best option, despite the volume. The accident scene shows a Ride On bus actually off the road in the bushes and what appears to be a passenger van partially up on the median.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Two people were seriously injured in the accident that closed S. Frederick Road. More over at Post Now.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- With S. Frederick Road/MD 355 blocked in both directions in Gaithersburg, it'd be a good idea to avoid the area entirely if possible. Drivers needing to get through this stretch could brave the I-270 traffic. You could also head further west and take Great Seneca Highway/MD 119, or head east and try Muncaster Mill Road/MD 115 (that depends on how far east or west you need to go). But expect massive backups in Gaithersburg due to this closure.

-- And remember, water main work will be conducted on Chain Bridge Road later this morning (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

8:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on S. Frederick Road is now blocking all lanes in both directions at Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- 16th Street has reopened, according to the District Department of Transportation.


-- More on the accident in Gaithersburg (via the Post's Debbi Wilgoren): The accident involved a Metrobus and a van. It was reported to the Montgomery County Police at 7:20 a.m., and they didn't have any information at this time about the number of injuries or the severity. The van is being towed from the scene.

-- Metrobuses are being detoured to 14th Street due to the 16th Street closure.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Another blocked road, this time in Maryland: An accident is blocking all southbound lanes of S. Frederick Road/MD 355 at Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Debbi Wilgoren has more on the closure of 16th Street over at the Crime Scene blog. The road is closed due to a police investigation into an unusual incident: scooters and cars were set on fire overnight in the area. Head over there to read more.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- All inbound lanes of New York Avenue have reopened.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- 16th Street is still blocked, so expect big delays in the area where the road passes over Piney Branch Park.

-- And inbound New York Avenue is still all kinds of backed up.

-- An accident on I-270 South to the south of Montrose Road could slow traffic there.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Only one lane is open on inbound New York Avenue, so again, expect big backups and delays on that road.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- 16th Street is blocked in both directions between Arkansas and Oak streets in Northwest due to police activity. Expect major backups and traffic problems in the area, and avoid it if you can.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The backup is on inbound New York Avenue in Northeast and is due to a delay in a contractor's construction clean up, according to the District Department of Transportation.

-- I-66 East is also packed at Chain Bridge Road.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Emergency roadwork is blocking two westbound lanes of New York Avenue at Bladensburg Road in Northeast, right near the District/Maryland border, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation. This leaves just one lane open.

6:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- DC Water crews are still repairing a 12-inch water main on 23rd Street between Alabama Avenue and Savannah Street in Southeast. But according to the agency, it has no impact on traffic.

6:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on I-66 East is blocking the right shoulder at the Beltway. It could cause headaches for eastbound drivers.


-- Water main work will be conducted on Chain Bridge Road later this morning (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

-- There are two new speed cameras in Silver Spring.

-- Of course, it could be worse: you could be stuck in a traffic jam for 10 days and counting.

By Mark Berman  | August 25, 2010; 5:45 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion, Metro  
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