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Posted at 5:50 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Outer Loop lanes reopen

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

8:50 A.M. UPDATE:

The outer loop lanes have reopened after University Boulevard.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

There's a vehicle fire on the outer loop after University Boulevard and it's blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

The disabled vehicle has been cleared from the outer loop before Riggs Road.

I-66 East is backed up at the Beltway. A little to the west, the shoulder of the ramp from I-66 East to Nutley Street is still blocked.

The inner loop is slow at Arlington Boulevard.

I-395 North is backed up at the 14th Street Bridge and at a few points earlier, particularly near Duke and King streets.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

There's a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the outer loop before Riggs Road, so there might be some delays in that area.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-66 East is blocking the right shoulder of the ramp to Nutley Street. Expect delays.

An accident on the ramp from the outer loop to U.S. 50 is blocking the right side of the ramp and might cause delays for Beltway travelers.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the inner loop at Arlington Boulevard is blocking the left shoulder and could cause problems.

There's also an accident on I-66 East at Chain Bridge Road blocking the right shoulder. Combine that with the usual congestion, and there are backups in the area.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

There's congestion on I-395 North approaching Duke and King streets.

The accident on I-270 South has been cleared up.

ORIGINAL POST:

With the new year underway and drivers back on the roads, you can expect more congestion than you saw in the waning weeks of 2010. There are also some new things for commuters to expect, both throughout this week and for the rest of the year. Here are some notes on changes or headaches afoot this morning. This post will be updated throughout the morning rush hour.

-- There's an accident on I-270 South at the exit for Old Hundred Road/MD 109. You can expect potential delays heading south in that area.

-- The curb lane on the north side of H Street in Northeast Washington is going to close between 13th and 14th streets starting today for the next four months.

The District Department of Transportation says the closure is to accommodate underground work associated with the H Street Reconstruction Project.

Curbside parking will not be permitted on the north side of H Street during this period, DDOT said in a statement, but parking on the south side will not be affected.

-- The ramp to the Ninth Street Bridge from westbound New York Avenue NE closed yesterday. The old bridge is going to be demolished before construction of a new ramp.
Construction of the replacement began last year, and the entire project, including the ramp, is scheduled to be done early this summer.

Beginning after rush hour on Monday morning, ramp traffic will be directed to a detour that will remain through May, according to the District Department of Transportation. To reach the bridge from westbound New York Avenue, travelers will follow signs directing them along Penn Street and Brentwood Parkway.

By Mark Berman  | January 4, 2011; 5:50 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  
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