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A slow a.m. commute

Mark Berman


The District Department of Transportation reports that the ramp to C Street from the northbound Third Street Tunnel has reopened.

8:47 A.M. UPDATE:

Michael Bolden here: That was the longest commute I have had on the roads this week, and one of my worst of all time -- 70 minutes from my house to Gridlock headquarters 16 miles away, a trip that takes about 25 minutes under perfect conditions, 40 minutes on a normal weekday morning. What was your commute like? Post a comment below.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on the Outer Loop at University Boulevard could cause some delays.

-- The Dulles Toll Road lanes have all reopened.

-- I-66 East is heavily backed up at the Beltway.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on the 4900 block of East Capitol Street in Northeast involving several vehicles could create some traffic issues.

-- There is currently a car on New York Avenue eastbound at First Street NW in the far right lane (it's either parked or broken down). Move to the left lane as you get close to First Street and expect some delays in this area. (This also comes courtesy of Michael Bolden.)

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:

A bit of advice for commuters heading into the District on inbound New York Avenue: If you're not making the right on Florida Avenue, stay in the two left lanes to avoid creating backups. (This comes from the Post's Michael Bolden, still commuting, though his car hasn't made forward progress in roughly two days.)

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

The Post's Michael Bolden, who is apparently volunteering to test out every congested route imaginable, also reports that it's very slow taking MD 202 to B.W. Parkway. Traffic cameras show that U.S. 50 is a slow-moving nightmare at MD 202.

However, the good news is that the traffic is moving more smoothly on I-95 Northbound. Really, traffic on both the Inner and Outer Loops of this section of Maryland only slows down as it approaches the B.W. Parkway right now. (That's good news for any of you taking that road, of course. Not so much for Mr. Bolden, who will be commuting for the next 10 to 12 hours, or maybe until next Tuesday.)

7:47 A.M. UPDATE:

Two additional problems for Maryland commuters, this time in Montgomery County: Fernwood Road is closed in both directions at I-495 due to downed wires (that's in Bethesda), while Piney Branch Road is closed in both directions at Carroll Avenue due to an accident (that one's in Silver Spring).

7:45 A.M. UPDATE:

The other Outer Loop lane has now reopened at U.S. 1. The backups are still pretty bad, and it could take a while before traffic moves again.

Additionally, the Post's Michael Bolden also reports that U.S. 50 westbound is very congested heading towards the District from Prince George's County. So expect delays if you're hopping on inbound U.S. 50 this morning.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

The Post's Michael Bolden reports that I-95 North traffic is very backed up in Prince George's County, with congestion stretching to U.S. 50. The College Park-bound traffic is also bad from the other direction, due to the ongoing Outer Loop lane closures; one of the two Outer Loop lanes has just reopened, leaving one blocked at U.S. 1 in Prince George's. Traffic cameras show Outer Loop traffic crawling as it approaches U.S. 1 heading east.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on Dulles Toll Road near the ramp to Route 123 is blocking the eastbound right center lane, right lane and right shoulder.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the Outer Loop at U.S. 1 in Prince George's County is blocking two Outer Loop lanes and the right merge lane.

7:10 A.M. UPDATE:

The C Street closures stem from the U.S. Capitol Police shooting a man allegedly brandishing a weapon at them near the Capitol earlier this morning.
We have more over on Post Now.

Meanwhile, the ramp to C Street from the Third Street Tunnel has reopened.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

The Inner Loop lane has reopened at I-95 Triple Bridges.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

Police activity is blocking the ramp from the northbound Third Street Tunnel to C Street in Southwest, and it's also blocking C Street from 2nd to 3rd streets in Southwest.

6:15 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-495/Inner Loop at I-95 Triple Bridges is blocking one Inner Loop lane and one of the shoulders.


Good morning, commuters! The final morning rush hour before the weekend comes with some more nice weather following last night's showers. Check back here throughout the morning for updates on any headaches and issues awaiting you on the roads, and to all our readers who are smokers, try to be careful when disposing of your cigarettes. Here's what to remember this morning:

-- DC Water crews are repairing a hydrant on Elmira Street in Southeast between 1st and South Capitol streets. There could be some delays in the area due to this, so be aware.

-- The Outer Loop was closed overnight between Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues due to a fuel spill, but it reopened at about 4:50 a.m., according to WTOP.

-- An accident on I-495/Inner Loop is blocking the right off-ramp lanes to I-95 in Prince George's County.

By Mark Berman  | September 17, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  
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You might want to call this "A slow a.m. commute." :)

Posted by: DOEJN | September 17, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I had to argue a motion in federal court in Alexandria and I had the quickest trip I've ever had getting there. Only real slowdown was a dump truck going 25 mph in a 35 zone.

Sorry, Mr. Bolden, just had to rub it in. :-)

Posted by: 1995hoo | September 17, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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