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Posted at 5:55 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Power restored in outage area

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

Pepco reports that power has been restored to all but about 400 customers in Southwest and Southeast Washington. Officials are still working to determine the cause of the outage.

9:05 A.M. UPDATE:

In Virginia, the disabled vehicle is now blocking only the shoulder on the inner loop at the Braddock Road exit. There are also delays on I-66 East at the Beltway and at several points on I-395 North as you approach the 14th Street Bridge.

In Maryland, the inner loop accident at the River Road exit has been cleared.

There are multiple intersections without power in the District due to the power outages in Southeast and Southwest. Again, use caution when you head out.

8:50 A.M. UPDATE:

The disabled vehicle is still blocking the left lane on the inner loop at the Braddock Road exit.

The inner loop shoulder has reopened at the American Legion Bridge, but now there's an inner loop accident at the River Road exit. It's blocking the shoulder, but expect delays.

8:40 A.M. UPDATE:

The outer loop lane has reopened at Leesburg Pike. But now a disabled vehicle is blocking the left lane on the inner loop at the Braddock Road exit.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

The power outage in Southwest and Southeast Washington is reportedly impacting traffic signals on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, as the DC Circulator might see some delays on the Union Station-Navy Yard route.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at Leesburg Pike is now just blocking the left lane, and the left center lane has reopened.

8:25 A.M. UPDATE:

A power outage is impacting nearly 1,600 Pepco customers in Southwest and Southeast Washington. (Here's Pepco's live outage map with real-time numbers.) Some traffic signals might be out, so drive with caution.

In Loudoun County, one lane of eastbound Route 7 is still closed at Clayton Hall Road near Bluemont due to an accident, according to Alert Loudoun.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the inner loop at the American Legion Bridge is blocking one of the shoulders on the Maryland side.

The outer loop lanes remain closed at Leesburg Pike. I-66 East is still slow approaching the Beltway. I-395 North is also very, very slow as you approach the 14th Street Bridge.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

Further west in Loudoun County, eastbound Route 7 is closed at Clayton Hall Road near Bluemont due to an accident, according to Alert Loudoun.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at Leesburg Pike is blocking the left and left center lanes.

I-66 East is also still sluggish at Chain Bridge Road as well as at the Beltway. I-395 North has several trouble spots between King Street and Washington Boulevard.

7:32 A.M. UPDATE:

The inner loop shoulder has reopened at the Dulles Toll Road. But there are now some delays on the inner loop approaching I-66.

7:17 A.M. UPDATE:

The inner loop lane has reopened at the Dulles Toll Road, and now just the shoulder remains blocked. There are still some delays on the inner loop to the south as you approach Arlington Boulevard exit.

I-66 East is also still pretty backed up at Chain Bridge Road and a few other points as you head in that direction.

7 A.M. UPDATE:

The inner loop lane remains blocked at the Dulles Toll Road. There are also inner loop backups as you approach Arlington Boulevard/U.S. 50.

I-66 East is sluggish and backed up at several points as you head towards the Beltway, with traffic slowing considerably at Chain Bridge Road.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at the Dulles Toll Road (exit 45) is blocking the left lane.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

Looking at some spots that tend to see early congestion, we're seeing pretty clear roads right now: I-95 North looks smooth heading to the Springfield Interchange. The outer loop of the Beltway has some traffic around University Boulevard, but it's moving freely. I-270 South is also flowing nicely towards the Beltway. I-66 East also looks fine.

ORIGINAL POST:

A lot of the frost and ice on the ground has already melted, and with yesterday's warm temperatures that means there are still some wet and slippery roads. (Also, it's going to snow a bit tonight, so be aware of that.) But things have considerably improved since the icy conditions that caused so many problems earlier this week. Keep that positivity in mind, because today we consider how miserable our commutes make us.

Check back here throughout the morning for updates on your morning commute. And mak sure to let us know anything you see or hear about in the comments section below, or send us a shout on Twitter (@drgridlock).

One lane of northbound Wisconsin Avenue is blocked before Montgomery Avenue in downtown Bethesda due to a utility problem.

The District Department of Transportation will be closing a single inbound lane on the Chain Bridge between 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. again today and tomorrow, weather permitting. The lane closures are required to remove cable from the rigging equipment used during the recent rehabilitation of the bridge. One lane will remain open in each direction for traffic crossing the bridge.

Anacostia Drive remains one way northbound to alleviate pedestrian and vehicle traffic congestion on Anacostia Drive from Good Hope Road to Nicholson Street in Southeast Washington.

By Mark Berman  | January 20, 2011; 5:55 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion  
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