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Posted at 5:55 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Outer loop lanes blocked in VA

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman


The two outer loop lanes are still blocked at Telegraph Road. Expect delays on the outer loop as well as the inner loop. The outer loop is also incredibly backed up by University Boulevard in Maryland.

I-66 East is jammed up approaching the Potomac River, so expect big, big delays as you near Rosslyn en route to the District.

Eastbound U.S. 50 is pretty congested near 9th Street, but traffic is moving as you approach Florida Avenue NE.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

Problems persist in both directions on the Beltway at Telegraph Road. The outer loop lanes are still blocked and very, very sluggish.

There's a disabled vehicle on N. Cpaitol Street at Ingraham Street in Northwest Washington, so expect delays there.

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:

The outer loop lanes are very, very sluggish near Telegraph Road, but they do appear to be moving. There's also some inner loop traffic as well in the same area.

Traffic around 16th and Irving streets in Northwest Washington appears to be flowing smoothly now. Those streets were closed off for a while earlier this morning due to an accident, but right now things look good there.

7:53 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the outer loop at Telegraph Road is blocking the right center lane and right lane right now. Expect big, big delays.

The I-270 Southbound lanes have completely reopened near Montgomery Avenue.

7:27 A.M. UPDATE:

Debris on the road is blocking two southbound lanes on I-270 before the exit for Montgomery Avenue.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

Northbound 16th Street has reopened from Columbia Road, ditto southbound 16th Street from Park Road. Eastbound Irving Street has also reopened from Mt. Pleasant Street.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

I-95 North is much more backed up around the Springfield Interchange, with delays stretching back a few miles.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

There are additional road closures: Northbound 16th Street is blocked from Columbia Road, while southbound 16th Street is blocked from from Park Road (which is further north than Columbia Road). Meanwhile, eastbound Irving Street is blocked at Mt. Pleasant Street (further west than 16th Street).

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident at 16th and Irving streets in Northwest Washington is snarling traffic in the area. 16th Street is blocked in both directions between Irving Street and Columbia Road, while eastbound Irving Street is blocked at 16th Street.

I-95 North is still delayed in Woodbridge. It's also even slower approaching the Springfield Interchange. A bit to the north, I-395 North is sluggish near Seminary Road, so you can expect to see those delays if you're heading north towards the interchange.

6:15 A.M. UPDATE:

I-95 North is very backed up in Woodbridge, and there are also backups building at the Springfield Interchange.


Tuesday's snowfall resulted in quite a few slick, icy roads on Wednesday. The Washington region was hit by amounts ranging from a dusting to 3", while outside the area, it resulted in snow touching 49 of the 50 states (with New England getting particularly hammered on Wednesday). While a lot of the snow has melted in the city and surrounding environs, there are still spots where side roads are somewhat icy and slick. (In other areas, it's hard to even tell it snowed.) So while a lot of the snow seems gone, you should still anticipate some delays this morning in the event that your commute passes through an icy spot.

Check back throughout the morning for more updates on your morning commute!

By Mark Berman  | January 13, 2011; 5:55 AM ET
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Northern Virginia’s network of roads have been and will continue to be in a state of change for many years. Urban sprawl from Washington, D.C. has led to these significant changes. According to Census data, the combined population of the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William (and independent cities within) make up nearly 27% of Virginia’s population. Although many within the population utilize modes of public transportation, a vast amount remain daily motorists. As the population (and number of motorists) is sure to grow, the physical landscape of the area is sure to change. A number of road projects have either already been completed, are in the process of being built, or are scheduled for groundbreaking in the ensuing months and years.

The purpose of this blog is to inform the public of driving routes that can be utilized in order to bypass delays correlated with route-time, construction, accidents, rubbernecking, and general volume. The reported routes will not guarantee that you will be delay-proof, but they are worth knowing about. After living and driving in Northern Virginia for many years, I have come to terms that there is inevitably nothing neither you nor I can do to be gridlock-free, but being knowledgeable about routes in the area can be that first step to a less stressful commute.


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