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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Chilly commute kicks off holiday week

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

8:40 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the outer loop to the north of MD 202 is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

Meanwhile, the accident on the inner loop at U.S. 1 in Alexandria is now blocking the shoulder, not the left lane. You can still expect some residual delays.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

The left lane of the inner loop is still blocked at U.S. 1 in Alexandria. Backups on I-66 East have eased considerably, while there are still some delays on the inner loop around I-66.

It appears the roads are a bit more clear this morning, compared to similar times on other Monday mornings.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the inner loop at U.S. 1/Richmond Highway/Patrick Street (in Alexandria, is what we mean) is blocking the left lane. Expect delays.

Meanwhile, both inner loop shoulders have reopened, but there are backups at I-66.

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

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

The inner loop shoulder has reopened at Arlington Boulevard. Traffic is still backed up on I-66 East at Chain Bridge Road and I-395 North at the 14th Street Bridge.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

There are disabled vehicles on the Inner Loop, blocking the shoulders at Braddock Road and Arlington Boulevard. This could cause delays, as usual, so anticipate some congestion approaching those areas.

Meanwhile, I-66 East is a bit backed up at Chain Bridge Road.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

Commuters, tell us what you see out there. Are the roads emptier than usual? Are a lot of people seemingly already off for the holiday? We're trying to gauge if things are clearer or the same right now. Drop a message in the comments below or Tweet us @drgridlock.

Some signs indicate that traffic looks much the same right now: there's already some congestion on I-395 North at the 14th Street Bridge.

ORIGINAL POST:

With the holidays just days away and an abbreviated work week ahead of us, the hope is that enough people are already on vacation to ease up congestion on the roads, rails and buse. The first morning commute of this week will be cold, windy and sunny. We'll be updating you on headaches that await you on your way to work, so check back throughout the morning.

There are also a few Metrobus changes to know. Metrobus stops for Routes 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 4E, 4H, 5A and 38B near the Rosslyn Metro station were temporarily moved about a block away to North Lynn Street over the weekend, but that should have cleared by 4 a.m. this morning.

Metrobus schedule changes went into effect yesterday, as Dr. Gridlock previously reported:

Virginia-D.C.: The new 7Y will provide service through the Pentagon and across the Memorial Bridge to Federal Triangle Metro station. An extended 16F, originating in Culmore, will travel along Columbia Pike to the Pentagon and across the 14th Street Bridge to Federal Triangle.

D.C.: The X9 will provide peak-period, limited-stop service between the Capitol Heights Metro station and 13th and H streets NW. Also planned for this Benning Road corridor is an extension of the X1 to Foggy Bottom Metro station.

Maryland: Service will be added on the popular but slow J2 route.

By Mark Berman  | December 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Metrobus  
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