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I-395 and Mass Ave unblocked

Mark Berman

9:17 A.M. UPDATE:The potential jumper is in police custody, and the tunnel and Mass. Ave are in the process of being re-opened. Residual backups may still be present around New York Ave. and H Street.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- For more on the man threatening to jump from the overpass at Second Street and Massachusetts Avenue, click here. The closures: The Third Street Tunnel/I-395 is blocked between New York and Massachusetts avenues. The police are blocking southbound I-395 at New York Avenue and forcing northbound traffic to exit at Massachusetts Avenue. Meanwhile, Massachusetts Avenue is closed between Second and H streets (the part that passes over the tunnel).

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The disabled vehicle on the Beltway (Outer Loop) before New Hampshire Avenue has been cleared.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- There's a person who might be threatening to jump from the overpass at Massachusetts Avenue and Second Street in Northwest (over I-395, between G and H streets), according to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Expect traffic issues in and around that area.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- This just in (from our story on the hostage-taker in Silver Spring): The Discovery building has been given an all clear, according to Montgomery County police. Police spokeswoman Angela Cruz said officers were still at the complex, gathering evidence as part of their investigation.

-- A disabled vehicle on the Beltway (Outer Loop) before New Hampshire Avenue isn't going to be good for anybody. Expect some delays.

-- The I-395 South lane has reopened.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on I-395 South just after the 14th Street Bridge is still blocking the left lane.

-- In the other direction, but in the same vicinity, traffic is backed up on I-395 North at the 14th Street Bridge.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Another accident on I-395 South just after the 14th Street Bridge is blocking the left lane.

-- And the police presence remains at Georgia and Wayne avenues in Silver Spring. So expect congestion and traffic issues if that lingers throughout the morning rush.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on I-95 North before the Springfield Interchange is causing backups.

-- The I-395 South accident has been cleared and the lane and ramp reopened.

-- The roadwork in Maryland has also been cleared and those lanes reopened.


Good morning, commuters. After a rather crazy day yesterday, some residual delays linger in Silver Spring. Some roadwork is afoot in Maryland. Check back here throughout the morning rush hour for any traffic issues and headaches that might impact your commute.

-- After yesterday's hostage situation in Silver Spring, some traffic delays might linger as police continue to search for possible explosives left by the suspect, James Lee. The area around the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road is likely to be closed for at least part of Thursday morning, police officials said. (Traffic cameras still show a police presence at Georgia and Wayne avenues at this time.)

-- Roadwork on I-270 North at Falls Road is blocking one northbound lane and one local lane.

-- Roadwork on I-95 North is blocking two northbound lanes at Powder Mill Road.

-- An accident on I-395 South near the Boundary Drive exit is blocking the right lane and exit ramp.

By Mark Berman  | September 2, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
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@Jimmy, Sorry to hear about your friend, What your friend needs is a consultation with a personal injury lawyer, here is the one that I know of who offers no charge consultation, hope he feels better soon

Posted by: danielthomas29 | September 2, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

seriously, again, DrGridlock is falling down on the basics of the job.
- Last night the SS metro entrance on wayne reopened around 6pm according to station manager - this was not explained on this website (and the closure was never on the WMATA site)
- the pedestrian detours are a HUGE headache for the 1000s of people who use this station and park in garages that are on other side of discovery from the metro; nothing about pedestrian rerouting was on this site and the vague "cameras show people walking around" comment yesterday did not account for the fact that I had to walk 6 blocks out of my way to get to my car
- the bus relocations should be updated this morning

this website seems to ignore anyone not driving on the road

Posted by: ACNonPro | September 2, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

kill. all. the. lawyers.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 2, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

ACNonPro, I was the one who made the comment yesterday about what I could see based on traffic cameras. I was not in downtown Silver Spring, but I was trying to be helpful by using resources available to me (and pointing out a resource that anyone could go take a look at). I think some found it useful and I'm glad I could be of help. One of the best things about this blogs is that the readers often provide updates quicker than Dr. G because he can't be everywhere. Sorry if my help was too "vague" for you.

I'm not really sure why it is Dr. Gridlock's fault that you had to walk 6 blocks out of your way. He did not close down the streets and even if he had updated about when the Wayne Ave entrance opened, you would still have had to walk around the closed off area. If you have a problem with this, take it up with the cops and blame the crazy guy that caused all this.

The other entrance to SS metro station, which remained open during the entire incident, is just across the street from the other one, so exiting there is not a huge difference. Stop complaining about this great injustice of not knowing if you could use an exit that is 200 feet away. You still would have had to detour due to the blocked off streets. My comment was trying to confirm that you could walk along that portion of Colesville Rd. (which some people had asked about).

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | September 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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