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Third Street Tunnel reopened

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.


The Third Street Tunnel remains closed between New York and Massachusetts avenues, while H Street is still blocked heading west at N. Capitol Street. D.C. Fire and EMS just Tweeted that police are currently speaking to the person threatening to jump.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

-- D.C. Fire and EMS just Tweeted that the impacted area is going to spread, because H Street and Massachusetts Avenue are blocked in that vicinity. AlertDC just reported that H Street is closed westbound at N. Capitol Street.

The Third Street Tunnel/I-395 between New York and Massachusetts avenues is blocked due to police activity. This stems from a man potentially threatening to jump from the overpass at Second Street and Massachussetts Avenue.

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).

Expect big, big delays and issues all around the area where Massachusetts Avenue passes over I-395. Try to head north (to New York Avenue, which will be crowded) or south (perhaps as far south as Constitution Avenue), and divert as early as you can because the backups will start to build up.

Additionally, if you're taking roads that head towards this -- especially roadways prone to congestion in the morning, like New York Avenue inbound from Maryland and I-395 North from Virginia -- expect big backups and delays.

By Mark Berman  | September 2, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
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Wondered what was going on.

After being quiet all week, traffic was so crazy this morning around my neighborhood near Union Station that I thought for a moment Hurricane Earl's track had changed dramatically and the city was evacuating.

Posted by: Gidgmom | September 2, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Free Bernard Madoff!

Posted by: blasmaic | September 2, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why you say the person was "threatening to jump"

Who is this a threat against? Shouldn't it read that the person was threatening to not jump and instead tie up traffic all day?

We should have snipers, not negotiators, to take out teabaggers like that

Posted by: jiji1 | September 2, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

@ jiji1

How do you know his political affiliation? I'm sure the Al Gore Wannabe Nutjob that took over the Discovery Building wasn't a tea bagger (dumbest name for a political party, by the way). I do agree with you though, forget 'talking him down'. Walk up to him and say "Look, you either are coming with us or jumping, you're really screwing up traffic and could be putting other peoples lives in harms way. Crap or get off the pot."

And how is a 40' drop going to kill you? A guy in NYC fell 39 stories yesterday and only suffered broken legs. People who inconvience thousands of commuters b/c they feel unloved or weren't hugged enough as a kid really grind my gears. Idiots, do that at home.

Posted by: damnit79 | September 2, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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