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Penn Ave blocked in Foggy Bottom

Mark Berman

3:50 P.M. UPDATE: The estimate for the repair on Pennsylvania Avenue is still 7 p.m. An eight-inch main also broke on W Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. W Street westbound is closed to traffic. D.C. Water estimates repairs will be completed by 6 p.m. and advises that drivers may want to seek another route.

1 P.M. UPDATE: The work to repair the break is also affecting D.C. Circulator service. Buses have been rerouted to K Street, and there is no service at 22nd and Pennsylvania (eastbound and westbound); 21st and Pennsylvania (eastbound); and 21st and K (westbound).

11 A.M. UPDATE: D.C. Water is now predicting that the work on repairing the Pennsylvania Avenue water main will last until 7 p.m.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident in the 2800 block of Monroe Street NE could cause traffic issues. That's right where Monroe Street hits Rhode Island Avenue, so expect potential delays for westbound Rhode Island Avenue traffic and try to avoid that area.

8:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The Pennsylvania Avenue and 22nd Street street closures in Foggy Bottom are estimated to run through 2 p.m. A water main break is blocking Pennsylvania Avenue (between Washington Circle and 21st Street) and 22nd Street (between I/Eye Street and Pennsylvania Avenue).

-- A broken 8-inch water main at 1st and Emerson streets in Northwest is being worked on by DC Water, but it's not impacting traffic.

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

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The disabled vehicle has been cleared, but delays remain on the Inner Loop en route to I-66.

-- I-95 North is backed up heading to the Springfield Interchange.

7:45 A.M. UPDATE:

A disabled vehicle on the Inner Loop is blocking the left lane south of the Braddock Road exit. Traffic on the Inner Loop gets pretty slow after the Springfield Interchange, but it's still moving.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:

Due to the water main break blocking Pennsylvania Avenue (between Washington Circle and 21st Street) and 22nd Street (between I/Eye Street and Pennsylvania Avenue), Metrobuses and the Circulator are being rerouted via K Street.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Pennsylvania Avenue remains closed between Washington Circle and 21st Street NW due to the water main break.

-- The disabled vehicle blocking one lane on the Inner Loop on the Maryland side of the American Legion Bridge has been cleared and the lane reopened.

-- The accident on I-95 South at Old Gunpower Road has also been cleared and the southbound lane reopened.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

In addition to Pennsylvania Avenue being blocked by the water main break, 22nd Street is closed between I (Eye) Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Can't stress this enough: Avoid the area and avoid these roads.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A disabled vehicle is blocking one lane on the Inner Loop on the Maryland side of the American Legion Bridge.

-- An accident on I-95 South at Old Gunpower Road is blocking one of the southbound lanes and one of the shoulders.

-- There are still delays on I-66 East at the Beltway.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

Northbound Pennsylvania Ave is closed between 21st and 22nd streets in Northwest due to a broken water main. The 12-inch water main is broken at 22nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, and some people in the area should expect a disruption in water service. Expect major traffic headaches and avoid the area.

Additionally, the Post's Chris Hopkins reports that the conductor of his Metro train said there was a leak in the roof at the Foggy Bottom Metro station. We're checking into that, but if you saw or heard anything related, drop us a line! Use the comments section below, e-mail or Twitter (@drgidlock).

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

There's already congestion on I-66 East heading to the Beltway.


Good morning, commuters! It's going to be a chilly Election Day, with temperatures topping out in the low-to-mid 50s. There's also a freeze warning for the northwest DC suburbs and a frost advisory for the District to points south and east this morning, per the Capital Weather Gang. Here are some headaches to be aware of as your day gets underway. Let us know any other things you see or hear about in the comments below, via e-mail or via Twitter (@drgidlock).

-- In Maryland and the District, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Virginia, the hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The sun will rise at 7:36 a.m. and set at 6:07 p.m. Plenty of people will be making their way to and from the voting places in the dark. In addition, plenty of workers will vote early or late, so you expect that you might run into congestion near the polling places.

Be on the lookout for traffic and voters walking to the polling places. If you'll be walking to your polling place, try to wear some light-colored clothing so you can get home safely to see your votes counted.

-- Beach Drive is scheduled to be closed today and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. so that crews can do emergency work on manholes. It will be closed from Rock Creek Parkway to Klingle Road NW, according to the National Park Service.

By Mark Berman  | November 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  
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