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Congestion around Beltway & beyond

6:12 p.m. Update: One lane of Georgia Avenue northbound has opened.

Original post: It's a tough commute home around the Washington region as travelers deal with challenging rides on most of our major highways.

The commutes are especially trying in Northern Virginia this afternoon, where an array of road and rail construction projects make getting from point A to point B trying under the best of circumstances.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is reporting traffic backups on all of the major routes, including I-66 West, I-395 South, I-95 South and the Beltway. Commuters may experience backups on I-66, for example, of as much as 5 miles. Similar delays are possible on I-95 in Prince William County.

In Maryland expect significant delays from Connecticut Avenue to the I-270 Spur, and then from River Road to the Dulles Toll Road.

Keep in mind that Georgia Avenue northbound between Veirs Mill and Reedie Drive remains closed due to a water main break. Traffic is being diverted to Veirs Mill.

River Road East is closed at Bradley Boulevard. Westbound traffic gets by but traffic reporting services say the slog is slow from the Beltway.

It's also slow going out Suitland Parkway to Route 4.

Allow extra time if you're heading out.

By Michael Bolden  | October 19, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Maryland, Northern Virginia  
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