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Minnesota Ave blocked in SE

Mark Berman

9:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The buildups on I-495 North have eased considerably at I-66.

-- An accident on I-270 South before Rockledge Road is blocking one of the shoulders.

8:50 A.M. UPDATE:

More headaches in Southeast: There's an accident at Pomeroy Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue reportedly involving a Metrobus.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- There's heavy congestion on I-495 North/the Inner Loop heading to Arlington Boulevard, and it builds up again as you approach I-66.

-- A disabled vehicle is blocking the right shoulder of I-395 North at Washington Boulevard.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-66 East is very, very backed up at the Beltway.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Traffic is starting to build up on I-395 North at the 14th Street Bridge.

-- The accident on I-270 South has been cleared, as has the disabled vehicle on I-95 South at Sandy Spring Road.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- In addition to Minnesota Avenue being blocked at Randle Circle, the traffic problems are impacting other intersecting streets. Southbound Massachusetts Avenue is also blocked at the circle, according to the District Department of Transportation.

-- An accident on I-270 South at Falls Road could hinder southbound commutes.

7 A.M. UPDATE:

-- There's a tree down and a water main break in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Street in Southeast.

-- The disabled vehicle on I-95 South at Sandy Spring Road is on the shoulder.

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

Minnesota Avenue is closed from Randle Circle to F Street in Southeast due to police activity. This is along the western side of Fort Dupont Park. Alternative routes for commuters who take Minnesota Avenue include Fort Davis Drive or, if you must, 295 (which is always fun and never, ever congested).

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on I-495 South/the Outer Loop at Gallows Road is blocking the shoulder and could cause some delays.

-- There's a disabled vehicle on I-95 South at Sandy Spring Road.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters! Another 90 degree day awaits us today. And just one morning commute separates you from the last workday of the week, so check back here throughout the morning for updates on any headaches, snafus or other problems awaiting you on the roads.

-- The Ohio Drive reconstruction by the National Park Service is scheduled to finish up in October. As has been the case all week, Ohio Drive will be two lanes of inbound traffic only during the morning rush (6 a.m.-10 a.m.). And during the morning rush, westbound Independence Avenue will be closed beyond 17th Street. Traffic has been advised to detour onto 15th or 17th Street or use alternate routes.

Off-peak hours will have one lane in each direction. Afternoon rush hours (3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.), Ohio Drive will be two lanes outbound only.

-- The Maryland State Highway Administration had planned to temporarily close I-270 southbound for two 15-minute intervals earlier today between midnight and 4 a.m. Just a head's up in case you encountered that during the overnight hours.

-- Similarly, the Dulles Metrorail construction began shutting westbound Interstate 66 at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) during overnight hours last night and will continue to do so through Saturday.

The closings occur between midnight and 5 a.m., so they shouldn't be a major problem for traffic, but they will involve an extensive detour. And just in case you run into them (or they run late), keep that in mind. (Check here for more information on the detour.)

By Mark Berman  | September 24, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  
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