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Posted at 8:55 AM ET, 03/11/2011

I-395 N returns to normal

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

Capital Weather Gang | Post Mobile

11 A.M. UPDATE: Traffic is flowing normally on 395,

8:55 A.M. UPDATE:

There's a disabled vehicle on southbound I-395 on the right side of the road before the Third Street Tunnel, according to the District Department of Transportation.

An accident on southbound I-395 at 6th Street, reportedly involving a charter bus as well as another vehicle, could snarl traffic there. (Also according to the District Department of Transportation.)

I-395 North is very jammed up in Virginia approaching the 14th Street Bridge, and there's a reported accident on the bridge.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

There's a disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at the B.W. Parkway.

The accident on I-95 South at Baltimore Avenue has been cleared and all lanes reopened.

Pennsylvania Avenue/MD 4 is still closed in both directions at Water Street in Upper Marlboro (see a map here) due to high water.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on I-95 South at Baltimore Avenue is now just blocking one southbound local lane.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on I-95 South at Baltimore Avenue is now blocking one southbound lane and one local lane.

There's an accident on the inner loop of the Beltway after the Rockville Pike, which could slow traffic approaching that area.

An accident at 13th and U streets in Northwest Washington, reportedly involving a Metrobus, could snarl traffic in that spot. Avoid the area if possible.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

In Maryland, an accident on I-95 South at Baltimore Avenue is blocking three of four southbound lanes and one of the two local lanes.

In Virginia, I-95 North is pretty jammed up around the Fairfax County Parkway. There's an accident at this spot blocking the right shoulder.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:

Both lanes of Canal Road are now open for inbound traffic, according to the District Department of Transportation.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-95 North at Kenilworth Avenue is blocking the right lane and the right on-ramp.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

Canal Road is still down to one inbound lane at Clark Place. A normal morning rush hour pattern is in effect until you get to that spot, and after Clark Place things reopen to two lanes. Stay to the right once you get on Canal Road, as the left lane is the one that's blocked. Crews are going to return to the area to keep working on the debris from the rockslide, according to the District Department of Transportation.

6:50 A.M. UPDATE:

Pennsylvania Avenue/MD 4 is closed in both directions at Water Street in Upper Marlboro (see a map here) due to high water. Commuters who need to head west should take Crain Highway south to S. Osborne Road and take that north to reconnect with Pennsylvania Avenue.

Additionally, for VRE riders who head to Broad Run: Piper Lane is closed due to flooding. The rail agency suggests riders use the alternate entrance (via Goodwin Drive to Wakeman Drive).

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

Traffic is a slog on I-395 North right now, with delays and backups approaching King Street.

6:10 A.M. UPDATE:

There will be problems once again for commuters on Canal Road between Clark Place and Foxhall Road. Travelers should expect to find only one lane of inbound Canal Road open during this morning's rush, according to the District Department of Transportation. Expect big backups, like those we saw yesterday morning, and use another route if at all possible.

The roadway was partially or fully blocked throughout yesterday after a mudslide blocked off part of inbound traffic during the morning rush hour. Crews worked to stabilize the hillside, but yesterday's rain complicated matters.


Good morning, commuters. After yesterday's downpour caused flooding, lane closures, power outages and downed trees, we're in for a much clearer and nicer day today. However, the roads didn't immediately dry all across the region. Some roads and sidewalks will still be slippery and wet thanks to puddles and accumulated rain, so make sure to be careful when you head out.

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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Additionally, if you still have any problems with power outages, debris in the road or downed trees, here are some resources for reporting problems:

-- 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:
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 11, 2011; 8:55 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion  
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