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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Walter Reed Dr closed in Arlington

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Walter Reed Drive is still closed in both directions from S. Wakefield Street to S. Dinwiddie Street in Arlington due to downed power lines, according to the county. Expect the closure to last through the day. Crews are working on it. Try taking S. George Mason Drive as an alternate route.

-- I-95 North is backed up around the Springfield Interchange.

-- I-66 East is very congested approaching the Beltway, as well as at Glebe and Sudley roads.

-- I-395 North remains a bit sluggish approaching Seminary Road as well.

-- Remember, there are lane shifts at the intersection of H and 8th streets NE beginning yesterday to accommodate the reconstruction of the roadway and the installation of streetcar tracks along H Street. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, the 700 block of 6th Street, which is one-way northbound, will be available only to local residential traffic. Drivers can use 5th Street as an alternative.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

All inner loop lanes on the Beltway are now open at Colesville Road.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

Now it's back to just one inner loop lane blocked on the Beltway at Colesville Road.

8 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-66 East is very backed up at the Beltway. There's a disabled vehicle blocking the left shoulder at the Beltway, though the delays are not caused by that (it's just worth noting).

-- I-95 North is very congested around the Springfield Interchange.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

Two lanes on the inner loop of the Beltway are now closed at Colesville Road due to the accident.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-395 North is very backed up at Seminary Road.

-- I-66 East is also delayed at Glebe Road, as well as the previous backups at Chain Bridge and Sudley roads.

-- An accident on the inner loop to the east of Colesville Road is blocking one Inner Loop lane.

-- There's a vehicle fire on MD 295 South before Riverdale Road, which could cause some delays in that area.

7 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The Inner Loop is delayed approaching Gallows Road.

-- I-66 East remains backed up at Chain Bridge and Sudley roads.

-- An accident on I-95 North at Telegraph Road is blocking the right shoulder, so you can expect some delays in that area.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-66 East is backed up at Chain Bridge and Sudley roads.

-- I-95 North is also seeing backups in Woodbridge.

ORIGINAL POST:
Good morning, commuters. It'll be a cloudy morning followed by a wet afternoon, so bring your umbrella for that part of the day. Here are some of the headaches and issues to be aware of during the morning rush hour (and this post will be updated):

-- Walter Reed Drive is closed in both directions from S. Wakefield Street to S. Dinwiddie Street in Arlington due to downed power lines, according to the county. Crews are working on it. Try taking S. George Mason Drive as an alternate route.

-- The latest from the National Park Service about the Rock Creek Parkway reconstruction project: Access from the Calvert Street ramp to the southbound parkway is limited to the morning rush period. There is no access at all to the southbound parkway from the Cathedral Avenue ramp.

Road construction continues behind jersey barriers in the northbound lane of Shoreham Drive from Cathedral Avenue NW to Calvert Street NW. Between 6:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, traffic will be able to enter the Shoreham Drive/Calvert Street ramp (adjacent to the Shoreham Hotel) from southbound Connecticut Avenue at Calvert Street, and go south Rock Creek Parkway toward downtown Washington.

The Shoreham Drive/Calvert Street ramp will be closed to southbound traffic at all other times. Police will be present in the construction zone at all times to assist with traffic direction.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the traffic direction will be reversed to northbound on the Shoreham Drive/Calvert Street ramp. During all other times of the day, traffic will be able to proceed northbound only on the ramp.

Cathedral Avenue: After 9:30 a.m., traffic will be able to go northbound only onto Cathedral Avenue NW to Woodley Road and Connecticut Avenue, NW. There will be no access to the Shoreham Drive/Calvert Street ramp and the parkway from southbound Cathedral Avenue at all times during this phase of construction.

-- All traffic lanes have been reopened on Ohio Drive, and the old traffic pattern has resumed. The morning rush now has both inbound and outbound traffic with all lanes open and the afternoon rush now has four lanes outbound.

But work continues near the Lincoln Memorial. The National Park Service says that a problem was discovered with the traffic detectors near 23rd Street and they will need to be reinstalled. Also, pavement striping and installation of the raised pavement markers continues on Ohio Drive. Single daytime lane closings will occur between 10 a.m. and
3 p.m.

-- Remember, there are lane shifts at the intersection of H and 8th streets NE beginning yesterday to accommodate the reconstruction of the roadway and the installation of streetcar tracks along H Street. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, the 700 block of 6th Street, which is one-way northbound, will be available only to local residential traffic. Drivers can use 5th Street as an alternative.

By Mark Berman  | November 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  
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