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Posted at 5:55 AM ET, 12/ 8/2010

I-395 N snarled at 14th St Bridge

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

10:40 A.M. UPDATE:

Cameras show that congestion is finally abating, but the traffic volume on the inbound 14th Street Bridge remains high.

How was your commute this morning? Post a comment below.

10 A.M. UPDATE:

Traffic on the inbound 14th Street Bridge remains heavy. At times, it's actually stopped. If you have colleagues that haven't shown up yet, they may well be stuck on 395.

9:20 A.M. UPDATE:

Our traffic reporting service says that travel is running at less than 15 mph on the inbound 14th Street Bridge. Cameras show that traffic is moving, but the bridge is jampacked as people head into Washington.

9 A.M. UPDATE:

Emergency roadwork on the Inner Loop is blocking one lane from U.S. 29 to New Hampshire Avenue.

No big changes in the congestion on I-395 and I-95. I-95 North is still backed up from Lorton to the Beltway. Backups on I-395 North stretching all the way back to the Springfield Interchange.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on I-95 South to the north of the Beltway in Maryland has been cleared and the lanes reopen. But you should expect some lingering congestion for traffic heading in that direction.

The I-66 East lane has reopened at Chain Bridge Road. I-66 East is now backed up at the Beltway.

I-95 North is still backed up from Lorton to the Beltway. Traffic on I-395 North is moving more fluidly at the 14th Street Bridge, but there are still backups stretching all the way back to the Springfield Interchange. So, it's still a mess.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

No big change for I-395 North. It's still colossally backed up, and the delays have spread to I-95 North now. Meanwhile, the accident on I-95's reversible lanes was cleared.

I-66 East is also backed up near Chain Bridge Road, with a disabled vehicle blocking the right lane.

In Maryland: The debris on the Outer Loop has been cleared, but there's an accident on I-95 South to the north of the Beltway. Just before exit 27 for the Beltway, two lanes and one of the shoulders are blocked.

7:45 A.M. UPDATE:

The backups are spreading: I-395 North remains congested for the entirety of that roadway, and now there is bad congestion on I-95 North from the Franconia Springfield Parkway through to the Beltway.

The disabled vehicle on I-395 North around Washington Boulevard has been cleared.

There's also some debris on the Outer Loop near the Mormon Temple, for our Maryland commuters.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:

I-395 North is incredibly backed up throughout Virginia. If you can avoid taking it, or can wait a while, we highly recommend that. If not, expect big delays. In addition to all the residual stemming from the 14th Street Bridge, there is also a disabled vehicle around the Washington Boulevard exit.

Meanwhile, an accident on I-95's reversible lanes near the Springfield Interchange could further snarl traffic.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The I-395 North lanes have reopened at the 14th Street Bridge. But traffic cameras show that cars are just inching along, with huge backups building on I-395 North as far back as the Beltway.

In addition to the big delays building up around the inbound 14th Street Bridge, there are also two separate accidents on northbound I-295 near Howard Road in Southeast, according to D.C. Fire and EMS. Expect big traffic issues there as well.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-395 North at the 14th Street Bridge has closed the left lane, left center lane and right center lane, leaving just one lane to get by on the right. This area is perpetually backed up every morning, so this is going to exacerbate things. Expect big delays.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The disabled vehicle on the Inner Loop shoulder at Arlington Boulevard has been cleared. The Inner Loop delays to Gallows Road remain.

I-66 East is also backed up at Chain Bridge Road, while I-395 North is already slow at the 14th Street Bridge.

6:20 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-95 North is blocking the right shoulder not long before the Springfield Interchange, so this could cause some delays there.

The Inner Loop is backed up approaching Gallows Road. There is also a disabled vehicle blocking the Inner Loop shoulder at Arlington Boulevard.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters. It's yet another cold day with frigid winds, so we have no respite yet from that. Keep your eyes here throughout the morning for updates on any headaches awaiting you on your commute.

DC Water is currently repairing a broken 8 inch water main located on 30th Street between Woodland and Normanstone drives in Northwest. Traffic is not supposed to be impacted by the work, but you never know if drivers will slow when they see crews working or something. Repairs should run through 8 a.m. (This was part of a rash of water main breaks throughout the day yesterday.)

By Mark Berman  | December 8, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
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Comments

Free Bernard Madoff!

Posted by: blasmaic | December 8, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Heading out early this morning, I didn't know that my normally 40 min commute would turn into a 2hr 35 min nightmare sitting on the 395 parking lot for a 5.5 mile stretch that clocked in at 1h 20 min until I had enough and took a detour to get on the heavily congested Rt 50 E.

It felt like I was on an airplane

Posted by: orionquest | December 8, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Accidents that block 14th St bridge traffic during rush hour should be buldozed into the river! And the at-fault parties should be placed in stocks and chains on the National Mall! The economic cost of these accidents has to be in the millions.

Posted by: va62 | December 8, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Accidents that block 14th St bridge traffic during rush hour should be buldozed into the river! And the at-fault parties should be placed in stocks and chains on the National Mall! The economic cost of these accidents has to be in the millions.

Posted by: va62 | December 8, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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