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Thomas Circle reopens to traffic

thomasedited1.jpg(Photos by Michael D. Bolden/The Washington Post)

11:20 a.m. Update: DDOT reports that roads around Thomas Circle have reopened.

11:10 a.m. Update: Authorities at the scene are releasing no details about the nature of the threat, staff writer Nathan Rott reports. However, the closures should be lifted soon, they said.

10:40 a.m. Update: Post transportation writer Ashley Halsey III reports that traffic in the vicinity remains totally snarled. if you're headed out, avoid the scene entirely. Police are not even allowing foot traffic to get close to the scene.

10:20 a.m. Update: Thomas Circle is totally cordoned off from pedestrians and vehicles, as well as the immediate approaches to it. Vehicles cannot access M Street westbound, although traffic is moving along Massachusetts in the tunnel. Yellow police tape has the area cordoned off. Police activity is concentrated in the southeastern area of the circle, with several police vehicle onsite. Additional officers are waving pedestrians away from the scene.

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10 a.m. Update: 14th Street NW is blocked in both directions at Thomas Circle while the authorities investigate the suspicious package.

Try 11th Street and 15th Street as alternate routes.

Original post: A suspicious package at Thomas Circle is affecting traffic, according to the District Department of Transportation. It's best to use an alternate route.

By Michael Bolden  | September 29, 2010; 9:29 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, District  
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