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Posted at 6:15 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Inner Loop backed up in VA

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

9 A.M. UPDATE:

I-395 North is congested approaching Washington Boulevard, while I-95 North is backed up as you near the Springfield Interchange and the beginning of I-395.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway near Telegraph Road could slow traffic in that area.

There's also a disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at Connecticut Avenue.

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Collington Road/MD 197 is now just blocking one lane and one of the shoulders. Meanwhile, the accident on the inner loop of the Beltway after University Boulevard has been cleared.

8:40 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Collington Road/MD 197 is still blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders. And the accident on the inner loop of the Beltway after University Boulevard is still blocking two lanes.

There's a disabled vehicle on 7th and D street in Southwest Washington.

8:22 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Collington Road/MD 197 is blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders.

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway after University Boulevard is blocking two lanes as well.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

There's an accident on the inner loop of the Beltway after University Boulevard, which could snarl traffic in that area.

An accident on 3rd and V streets in Northeast Washington could impact traffic in that spot, so avoid it if you can.

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop at Van Dorn Street has been cleared.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

There's a disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Van Dorn Street. It's only blocking the shoulder, but with the ongoing Beltway backups this morning, you can expect additional headaches in that spot.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

The inner loop of the Beltway has gotten much, much more crowded approaching I-66, so if you can delay your commute through that area or avoid it, we highly recommend it.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:

I-66 East is pretty backed up approaching Chain Bridge Road. These kinds of delays only get worse during this period of the morning rush, so expect congestion if you have to head out now.

The inner loop of the Beltway remains slow around Telegraph Road, and there are also backups approaching I-66.

7 A.M. UPDATE:

I-395 North remains sluggish between the Springfield Interchange and Seminary Road. Meanwhile, the inner loop of the Beltway is pretty slow approaching Telegraph Road and Arlington Boulevard.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

I-395 North is pretty congested at Seminary Road and leading up to that point, so expect delays if you're heading north from the Springfield Interchange.

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

And it seems the person on the Douglass Bridge was not threatening to jump after all, so officials are clearing the scene, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

There's a person reportedly threatening to jump from the Frederick Douglass Bridge on the outbound side. There could be traffic issues snarling commuters in both directions on S. Capitol Street in Southeast Washington.

6:15 A.M. UPDATE:

Commuters, have you taken the Intercounty Connector this morning? Let us know what you see and what you think. We want to know what it feels like, what it looks like and how it impacts your commute. Send us an e-mail at transportation@washpost.com or sound off in the comments below.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters! The area's newest toll road opened up this morning: The Intercounty Connector, linking I-270 with Georgia Avenue, is free until March 7, so now is your chance to get a look at the thing without tolls.

It's going to be a chilly morning, and some spots in the region might still be icy or slippery from the snowfall that ended yesterday morning. As usual, be careful when you head out. We'll be updating the blog throughout the morning rush with the latest headaches and issues, so make sure you check back in regularly. And make sure to let us know what you see out there in the comments below or on Twitter (@DrGridlock).

By Mark Berman  | February 23, 2011; 6:15 AM ET
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