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Inner Loop slow in VA

Mark Berman

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Police are searching I-95 in Virginia this morning for evidence related to the shootings earlier this week, so expect delays.

-- Traffic is moving again on the Inner Loop. For the first time all morning, the area west of the Springfield Interchange is actually clear. It gets congested as you approach Braddock Road, and again nearing I-66, but that's progress.

-- I-66 East is also slow approaching the Beltway.

-- I-495 West is also very slow in Maryland near Silver Spring.

-- I-395 North is backed up from Washington Boulevard right on through the 14th Street Bridge.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Traffic is still very, very heavy on the Inner Loop after the Springfield Interchange.

-- I-395 North is pretty jammed up at the 14th Street Bridge.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Traffic is still moving at a crawl along the southwest stretch of the Inner Loop.

-- The Beltway is also slow (in both directions) near Colesville Road.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:

The lanes have reopened on the Inner Loop! That being said, traffic is still moving incredibly slowly from the Springfield Interchange to at least Braddock Road. Expect considerable delays in the area.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

Three lanes are still blocked, and it's still a slow-moving nightmare for Inner Loop commuters between Braddock Road and the Springfield Interchange. Meanwhile, I-95 North is moving more smoothly now.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

Traffic is still a slow-moving nightmare on the Inner Loop and I-95 North heading to the Springfield Interchange.

6:50 A.M. UPDATE:

The left three lanes of the Inner Loop are now blocked just to the west of the Springfield Interchange. Traffic on the Inner Loop appears to be slowly moving again, as cars are getting by on the right lanes. But there are still very significant backups in the area.

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

As you might expect, I-95 North is also very, very jammed up heading to the Beltway. Traffic is backed up and delayed from Lorton all the way to the Springfield Interchange.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

Now the north left lane, left center lane, and right center lane are all blocked on I-495 North before Braddock Road. That should explain the complete standstill on the Inner Loop after the Springfield Interchange. Again, avoid this area because it's a nightmare.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

The Inner Loop is completely jammed up from the Springfield Interchange to Braddock Road. Once you get onto the Inner Loop from the Springfield Interchange, traffic comes to a standstill. Avoid this area like the plague.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A disabled vehicle is blocking the right shoulder of I-95's H.O.V. lanes just before the Springfield Interchange.

-- Two lanes remain blocked on the Inner Loop before Braddock Road.

6 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on I-495 North is now blocking the left lane and left center lane.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters! We're in for a cool day today. But just one more day of work separates you from the weekend, so let's get to it. Check back here throughout the morning for an update on any headaches awaiting you on your commute.

-- An accident on the Inner Loop/I-495 North south of the Braddock Road exit is blocking one lane.

-- Westbound I-66 was closed at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) overnight, but it was scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. There will also be overnight closings tonight and tomorrow, as part of the Dulles Metrorail project.

By Mark Berman  | October 22, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion, Driving, Virginia  
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