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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 03/10/2011

I-95 North jammed up in VA

By Mark Berman
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9:35 A.M. UPDATE:

I-95 North is still very, very slow approaching the Springfield Interchange. Cars are moving, but pretty sluggishly and at a few points (in Woodbridge, for instance) there's near-standstill traffic.

I-395 North is still snarled heading from the Springfield Interchange to the 14th Street Bridge.

I-66 East is a mess approaching the Beltway, and you can expect to hit delays as far back as Chain Bridge Road and Nutley Street.

The outer loop of the Beltway is crawling around University Boulevard.

There's a disabled vehicle on the inbound Sousa Bridge, so expect delays if you're heading that way.

9:15 A.M. UPDATE:

I-95 North (leading to the Springfield Interchange) and I-395 North (the entire thing) are still grim, slow-moving disasters.

The outer loop lane has reopened west of Colesville Road. Expect your usual residual delays, but at least all lanes are open and moving now.

One of Canal Road's eastbound lanes remains blocked at Clark Place. The debris has been cleared, but the lane remains closed due to unstable conditions on a nearby hill. It will remain one-lane only heading east for a while, so drivers should try an alternate route like the Key Bridge, advises the District Department of Transportation.

AFTER THE JUMP: Information on how to report downed trees and power outages.


8:55 A.M. UPDATE:

If you're taking I-95 North and heading to I-395, things aren't much better north of the Springfield Interchange: I-395 North is still pretty much jammed the entire way to the 14th Street Bridge.

8:50 A.M. UPDATE:

I-95 North has reopened before the Springfield Interchange. However, massive backups remain. There's congestion as far back as Lorton and well south of that. If you are taking this slippery, jam-packed roadway, expect to hit a lot of delays.

The outer loop shoulder has reopened at the Leesburg Pike.

The inner loop is incredibly backed up around I-66.

One outer loop lane remains blocked west of Colesville Road.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

Rain is pelting slow-moving traffic on I-95 North as cars approach the Springfield Interchange. Things don't actually seem to slow down until just north of the Fairfax County Parkway. But it's incredibly backed up.

And on the northern side of the Springfield Interchange, I-395 North is crawling pretty much for the entirety of the stretch between the interchange and the 14th Street Bridge.

8:25 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-95 North is now blocking all lanes and both shoulders just before the Springfield Interchange. This is going to cause massive, massive backups and problems approaching this spot, so if you can wait to commute or use a different route, we recommend it.

One eastbound lane of Canal Road is still blocked near Clark Place due to a mudslide, according to the District Department of Transportation. DDOT trucks are on their way, but you should try to take an alternate route.

There are reportedly two disabled vehicles in the northbound Third Street Tunnel. Expect headaches approaching this spot.

An accident on the outer loop between Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-95 North just before the Springfield Interchange is blocking right two lanes and right shoulder.

The outer loop lanes have reopened at the Leesburg Pike. Only the shoulder is still blocked from the earlier accident.

There are reports of multiple traffic signals flashing or just out throughout the District. Remember to treat these as four-way stops and be careful in case other drivers forget this.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

The right lane has reopened on eastbound I-66 before the Beltway. There are still big delays approaching that spot.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:

One eastbound lane of Canal Road is blocked near Clark Place due to a mudslide, according to the District Department of Transportation.

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Leesburg Pike is blocking the right center lane, right lane and right shoulder. Expect big, big backups.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-95 North at the Springfield Interchange is blocking the right shoulder, but that could cause problems approaching this spot.

Debris is blocking one inbound lane on Canal Road near Clark Place in Northwest Washington. If you're heading in this way, expect to hit some congestion.

Also in Northwest: Traffic signals are reportedly flashing at 34th Street and Massachusetts Avenue as well as on Wisconsin Avenue and Garfield Street.

6:50 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-66 East before the Beltway is blocking the right lane. There are already pretty bad backups on I-66 East, so expect these to remain in place for a while.

I-66 East is also congested at Glebe Road.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

There might be some delays on the outer loop of the Beltway on both sides of the Springfield Interchange due to a pair of disabled vehicles. Both vehicles were cleared, but residual delays could remain in place.

There was also a disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at the Leesburg Pike. It has just been cleared, but again, residual delays could remain an issue.

An accident last night in the District killed one woman and sent five people to the hospital. More information at Post Now.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters. It's going to be a very, very wet day throughout the region. The morning rush will be pretty rainy, but bigger downpours are coming in the afternoon and evening, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Still, as you head out this morning, remember to use caution, because roads, sidewalks and train platforms could be very wet and slick.

Keep your eyes on the Dr. Gridlock blog throughout the morning for updates on the roads, rails and at the airports. Let us know what you see out there by posting a comment below or tweeting @drgridlock.

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Here are some resources for reporting problems:

Report problems
Utilities
-- BGE outages: 877-778-2222; wires: 800-685-0123; outage map
-- Dominion outages; downed wires: 866-366-4357; outage map
-- Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative outages; downed wires: 703-335-0500; outage reports
-- Pepco outages: 877-737-2662; downed wires: 202-872-343; outage map
-- Washington Gas: 800-752-7520

Downed trees and debris in roads
Anne Arundel County: After hours, 410-222-6120; northern district, 410-222-6120; central district, 410-222-7940; southern district; 410-222-7940; Annapolis; 410-263-7870.
Arlington County:703-228-6527; after hours, 703-558-2222.
Calvert County: 410-535-1600.
Charles County: 301-932-3450 or 301-870-2778.
The District: 311; clogged storm drains, 202-612-3400.
Fairfax County: 703-324-5033 (Public Works); 571-350-1000 (Emergency Management); 703-383-VDOT.
Howard County: 410-313-3440.
Loudoun County:703-777-0333 (Emergency Management); 703-383-VDOT.
Maryland state: 800-543-2515.
Montgomery County: 240-777-6000.
National Park Service: http://www.nps.gov/state/dc/
Prince George's County: 301-499-8520; after hours, 301-499-8600.
Prince William County: 703-792-7070 or 703-383-VDOT.
Virginia State: 703-383-VDOT.

By Mark Berman  | March 10, 2011; 9:35 AM ET
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