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Posted at 9:52 AM ET, 02/15/2011

14th St. & Penn. Ave. reopen

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

11:30 A.M. UPDATE:

The Post's Ed O'Keefe reports on the Federal Eye blog that the Reagan building has partially reopened.

O'Keefe says that, portions of the building housing the U.S. Agency for International Development remain closed. More details are on Federal Eye.

9:45 A.M. UPDATE: All lanes of14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue are now open.

DC Fire and EMS evacuated people in area, and building management is conducting a sweep of the building to determine if it's safe to bring people back, a spokesperson said at 9:30.

The fire initiated in the food court of the Reagan Building at 6:34 am. Smoke entered the duct work and spread throughout the building. Officials are now assessing how much smoke damage the building sustained, according to the GSA's Sara Merriam.

The Post's traffic page has live traffic cameras around the District, including along 14th Street, and traffic is moving along.


The fire at the Ronald Reagan Building is out and the smoke cleared, according to the D.C. Fire Department.

However, the road closures remain in place and traffic is still severely impacted. Northbound 14th Street is gridlocked all the way back to I-395 North before the 14th Street Bridge. Southbound 14th Street appears to have less in the way of backups. Eastbound Constitution Avenue is a gridlocked mess along the Mall to the south of the road closures.

Other routes into the District from Virginia are no better: I-66 East is also backed up at the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge heading into the District. The Key Bridge is also jammed up entering Georgetown.

8:37 A.M. UPDATE:

Eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue remains blocked up at 14th Street, while 14th Street remains closed between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues. The D.C. Fire Department reports that the smoke has cleared and the situation is under control.

An accident on I-95 South after the Anacostia Freeway is blocking one southbound lane and one of the shoulders.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The issues around 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue remain in Northwest Washington. 14th Street remains closed between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues, while eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue is closed between 13th and 15th streets.

The closures are causing problems to reverberate through the area: Eastbound Constitution Avenue is badly, badly snarled just to the south. Northbound 14th Street is backed up all the way back to the 14th Street Bridge. Southbound 14th Street is also snarled up heading in the direction of Pennsylvania Avenue.

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at I-66 has been cleared, but there are pretty bad backups at that spot.

A disabled vehicle on westbound U.S. 50 after Crain Highway is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

Traffic on 14th Street heading north towards Pennsylvania Avenue is looking pretty sluggish by Independence Avenue. Again, avoid the area if you can and seek a detour. (Try using 12th Street, but expect delays to reverberate through the area.)

The D.C. Fire Department reports that there are no injuries related to the fire at this time. The building remains evacuated, and it could take some time for this all to clear up.

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at I-66 is blocking the center lane.

I-395 North is pretty slow approaching the 14th Street Bridge. If problems persist around 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, you can expect these delays around the bridge to last a while.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

An update on the fire at the Ronald Reagan Building: The fire originated from a kitchen on the concourse level, and the building has been evacuated, according to the D.C. Fire Department.

14th Street remains closed between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues, while eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue is closed between 13th and 15th streets. There is no access to garages in the area, according to the D.C. Fire Department.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The fire in Northwest Washington is still blocking the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street. Avoid the area, because as more cars get on the road that spot will become increasingly backed up.

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway is blocking one lane after Connecticut Avenue.


A fire in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest is snarling traffic in that spot. 14th Street is closed at Pennsylvania Avenue. The impact appears to be minimal so far, with limited backups visible on 14th Street and along Pennsylvania Avenue. But that's going to get worse as more and more traffic gets to the area. So avoid the spot if you can.

6:50 A.M. UPDATE:

The shoulder has reopened on the outer loop at Clermont Avenue.

The accident on Route 123 in Woodbridge has also been cleared up.

6:37 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident is blocking the ramp from Washington Boulevard to I-395 South.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

The left lane of the outer loop has reopened at Clermont Avenue, but the shoulder is still blocked. Expect some delays.

An accident on Route 123/Gordon Boulevard in Woodbridge is blocking the northbound exit ramp to I-95 North.

I-95 North is also pretty backed up in Woodbridge right now.


Good morning, commuters. It'll be another windy day out there, and it will be chilly again after yesterday's surprisingly warm temperatures. So it's back to dressing warmly up as you head out there. We'll be updating you on the morning rush throughout the commute, so check back here to see the latest on the roads, rails, sidewalks and everything else. If you see or hear of anything, let us know in the comments below or on Twitter (@DrGridlock).

An accident on Franconia Road near Rose Hill Drive is blocking Franconia Road in both directions. There's a detour set up for eastbound traffic on Franconia Road: Turn left onto Old Rolling Road, right onto Brookland Road, then turn right onto Westchester Street. This is in the Rose Hill area of Fairfax County, just south of the Beltway and east of Van Dorn Street.

There's also an accident on the outer loop of the Beltway near Clermont Avenue, blocking the left lane and left shoulder.

There's an accident on eastbound U.S. 50 at Crain Highway that could slow traffic.

By Mark Berman  | February 15, 2011; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion  
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