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Expect a rainy commute

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

9:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- There's an accident on the Inner Loop north of Arena Drive, so expect potential delays there.

-- An accident on U.S. 50 East is now blocking one lane at MD 201 North. The lane has reopened at Kenilworth Avenue.

-- I-66 East is still jammed up approaching the Beltway.

-- The Inner Loop is also still backed up at I-66.

8:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on I-270 North at Tuckerman Lane is blocking one northbound lane.

-- There's also an accident on U.S. 50 East, blocking one eastbound lane at Kenilworth Avenue.

-- I-395 North is pretty jammed up approaching the 14th Street Bridge, of course.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

There are flashing traffic signals at 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW causing significant delays, according to the District Department of Transportation.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident at 10th Street and Michigan Avenue in Northeast has blocked 10th Street in both directions. Avoid the area.

-- An accident on the Inner Loop at I-66 is blocking the right lane and one of the shoulders, so expect big delays in this hub of congestion.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The right lane has reopened on I-95 South in Newington, but the shoulder is still blocked.

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

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

The tractor trailer has been cleared and I-395 North has been fully reopened in the Third Street Tunnel.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

It's gray and drizzly out there, folks. The roads look wet and as more and more commuters head out, it's going to be slow going for a lot of you. Remember to be patient and drive with care.

-- Due to an accident, the right shoulder of the ramp from George Washington Parkway west to I-495 North is closed.

-- An accident on I-95 South at Newington is blocking the right lane and one of the shoulders.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

A disabled tractor trailer on I-395 North is blocking the right lane in the Third Street Tunnel. Expect big delays if you're in the vicinity.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on the Outer Loop has been cleared.

-- I-95 North is a bit backed up approaching Woodbridge.

-- The Inner Loop is congested as you approach Gallows Road.

-- I-66 East is backed up at Sudley Road.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters. There will be some showers to deal with during your morning commute, so there's potential for some delays and issues. Check back here throughout the morning for updates on your commute and issues that await you on the road.

-- An accident on the Outer Loop to the south of Suitland Road could cause delays in that area.

-- A disabled vehicle on I-95 South in Woodbridge is blocking the right shoulder.

By Mark Berman  | November 16, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
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Comments

One of the perks to being unemployed...you can admire the rain from your window and get back in bed with your laptop and have another cup of cappucino. :)

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | November 16, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Where oh where is there ANY mention of the massive cluster on Rock Creek Parkway this morning?! Southbound access via Cathedral was total blocked--but too far down for motorists to turn around. This resulted in major backups onto Connecticut. Can anyone shed light on what is going on and when this will end? Detour signs placed much further south in Dupont indicate that this was all scheduled and yet no reporting on this major issue? What gives?

Posted by: jbenyehuda | November 16, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

jbenyehuda, I can sympathize....I live on Cathedral, and I could see this *MASSIVE* cluster coming for the past week. I knew it was going to be pure torture during the morning rush. I saw the covered up detour signs, and I figured out what they were doing. I can't find any other information on this project though, in fact, I can't even find out if it is a DDOT or National Park Service project...I'm assuming it is the latter, because they are the ones that typically do these massive projects without ANY regard to the impact on traffic. These are the same people that brought us massive Rock Creek delays 3 years ago, and shut Ohio Drive at 7PM all summer and fall.

There were signs on Cathedral warning that it would close on 11/15. But they scrolled through the 4 messages very slow, and it was impossible to read them without stopping and parking next to the sign. There were also signs on the parkway warning that "Shoreham Drive" would be reduced to one lane on 11/15 (not that anyone knows what Shoreham Drive is...its the road that forks left from the parkway to take you to Cathedral Ave and Calvert Street). The whole road is indeed down to 1 lane, **including** the short stretch between Beach Drive and Cathedral Ave. That means traffic can only operate one-way on Shoreham Drive.

More to follow in another post.

Posted by: thetan | November 16, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, thetan. What a shame that these folks can't seem to communicate any of this.

Posted by: jbenyehuda | November 16, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Here's what the scoop is from what I can tell...I scoped this all out last night, because I need to know how to get into and out of my neighborhood!

-Southbound Cathedral Ave is completely blocked at Woodley Road, all the time.

-"Shoreham Drive" is only 1 lane in the short stretch from Beach Drive to Cathedral Ave., and normally operates northbound.

-Shoreham Drive has 1 lane from Cathedral Ave to Calvert Street, which is apparently only open during AM rush hour.

-the "official" detour route is east on Calvert Street (from 24th) or west on Woodley Road (from Cathedral), to southbound Connecticut, over the bridge, into DuPont Circle (yes, into the circle on the outer road), west on P Street, and enter the Parkway at P Street. You would be nuts to follow this detour.

-During AM rush hour, apparently the only way onto Rock Creek Parkway from Connecticut is via 24th Street or Calvert Street next to the Omni Shoreham and down the temporarily opened lane on Shoreham Drive.

-During all other times, there is no access from Connecticut Ave in Woodley Park to Rock Creek Parkway. Alternates include entering Beach Drive from Porter Street, or entering Rock Creek Parkway from Massachusetts Ave or P Street. Do not go through DuPont Circle!

-Northbound at all times when the Parkway is open northbound, you will only have access to Cathedral Ave from the parkway...no access to Calvert Street via Shoreham Drive.

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I'm pretty appalled at the lack of information about this project, and at the crappy signage. They have to keep Cathedral Ave open east of Connecticut...its the only way into our neighborhood for those of us that live there....but they could at least put up signs on Connecticut telling people not to turn onto Cathedral or 24th, as there is no access to the Parkway and you're only going to have to continue south on Connecticut. Cathedral could be "Road Closed to Thru Traffic, Local Traffic Only" at Connecticut, and the "hard closure" at Woodley Road. Likewise, during AM rush hour, it would be nice if they put up a sign indicating that the Calvert Street entrance is open when the Parkway is one-way south.

The neighborhood was definitely a cluster this morning, because pretty much anyone who turned in had to make a U-turn and go back out. It would have been nice if people would at least attempt to be orderly...only go on green, not block the intersection, not turn left from the right-turn only lane, etc. Instead, it was a horn-honking, coffee spilling, "choice word" occasion for everyone.

Lets just hope people realize that this is a long term project, and won't turn down Cathedral in the morning and instead stay the course on Connecticut. and lets hope this project is done sooner rather than later.

Posted by: thetan | November 16, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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