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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Big Beltway delays in VA

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman


-- The shoulders have reopened on the Beltway in both directions near Braddock Road. The Inner Loop is still backed up as you approach I-66.

-- I-66 East is also pretty backed up approaching the Beltway.

-- Inbound New York Avenue is pretty jammed at Bladensburg Road right about now.

-- The Outer Loop is pretty jammed up at Colesville Road.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on I-270 South has been cleared.

-- There are additional delays on the Beltway around Braddock Road: A disabled vehicle is blocking the Outer Loop's left shoulder, while an accident is blocking the Inner Loop's right shoulder.

-- I-66 East is still backed up at Nutley Street.


-- The Inner Loop merge lane near Georgia Avenue has reopened.

-- An accident on I-270 South at I-370 is blocking one of the shoulders, so expect some delays in that area.

-- I-66 East is still pretty backed up at Nutley Street and Sudley Road.

-- Delays remain on the Inner Loop in Virginia as you approach I-66.

-- The Outer Loop has some congestion near Pennsylvania Avenue, but nothing out of the ordinary; all residual delays from earlier this morning appear to have cleared.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The disabled vehicle on the Inner Loop near Braddock Road has been cleared and the lane reopened. However, the Inner Loop is still really backed up around this spot, so expect delays in the area.

-- I-66 East is pretty backed up at Nutley Street and Sudley Road.

-- I-95 North is also congested approaching the Springfield Interchange.

-- Over in Maryland, there's still a disabled vehicle blocking the Inner Loop merge lane near Georgia Avenue.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

The right merge lane has reopened on the Outer Loop at Pennsylvania Avenue. There's still a bit of congestion, but cars are moving much, much more smoothly right now.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

And for good measure, a disabled vehicle is blocking the merge lane on the Inner Loop before Georgia Avenue.


Additionally, the Inner Loop is still very backed up from the Springfield Interchange through Braddock Road. The disabled vehicle is still blocking the left center lane close to the Braddock Road exit, and it's not just a normal car, but it appears to one driver to be a larger construction vehicle. All of the traffic trying to merge onto the Beltway and move in this area is very, very slow and backed up. One driver reported it taking 30 minutes to get from the interchange to the Braddock Road exit, but it clears up as soon as you pass the disabled vehicle.

6:58 A.M. UPDATE:

It looks like all four lanes have reopened and just the right merge lane is blocked. However, this is going to cause big problems if you're on the ramp merging onto the Outer Loop, because that traffic appears incredibly backed up. There's also congestion on the Outer Loop approaching this merge lane, with cars slowing down as they approach the merge point. Expect delays whether you're going to be on the Outer Loop or the ramp.

6:53 A.M. UPDATE:

Now it looks like three of the four Outer Loop lanes have reopened, with just the far right lane and right shoulder blocked by remnants of the earlier accident. You should still expect some residual delays, but cameras show that traffic appears to be flowing smoothly by on the left lanes.

6:50 A.M. UPDATE:

-- All Outer Loop lanes are now blocked at Pennsylvania Avenue due to an accident, after only two lanes were blocked a short time ago.

-- The Outer Loop lane blocked near Kenilworth Avenue has reopened.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The disabled vehicle on the Inner Loop in Virginia is causing major, major backups for folks at the Springfield Interchange. Traffic is crawling as you head towards the Braddock Road exit, and things are really jammed up. Try to avoid leaving now if you are heading to this area.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on the Outer Loop at Pennsylvania Avenue is blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders.

-- One Outer Loop lane is also closed before Kenilworth Avenue due to an accident.

-- Meanwhile, in Virginia: There's a disabled vehicle on the Inner Loop between the Braddock Road exit and the Springfield Interchange, blocking the north left center lane.


Good morning, commuters. We're in for a warmer day that starts off foggy before some rain later today. For a lot of folks, today is the second day of a three-day work week, so just think: You're almost halfway done for the week! Check back here throughout the morning with updates on headaches awaiting you during the commute.

-- There's a utility problem on Baltimore Avenue/U.S. 1 at Edgewood Road that could delay northbound traffic in College Park.

-- Remember, the Beulah Road Bridge over the Dulles Toll Road has reopened.

-- Traveling this week for the holiday? Check this roundup of travel advice from Dr. Gridlock. And make sure to check our Transportation page as well.

By Mark Berman  | November 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  
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