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Right Lanes Open at I-66, Inner Loop Interchange

The Inner Loop's left lane remains blocked following an accident involving an overturned tractor trailer on the Capital Beltway at the Interstate 66 interchange in Virginia.

Drivers on I-66 must still use the left exit to access the Capital Beltway, according to MapTuit traffic reports.

Inner Loop delays begin in Springfield.

By editors  |  January 2, 2007; 12:39 PM ET
Categories:  Congestion  
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why did the state police close down all but one lane of the inner loop when the overturned truck was not even on the highway. I understand the need for rescue vehicles to park on the roadside, but the the news showed police cars unnecessarily blocking three extra lanes, causing major delays for tens of thousands of other drivers. A major police concern at any accident, along with care of the injured,should be to keep traffic disruption to a minimum on major highways.

Posted by: prvickers | January 2, 2007 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey, where else are you going to park all of those extra police cars with officers who are just standing around looking at the firefighters and paramedics doing their jobs. If you wanted to open up a couple of lanes, you would've needed more police officers and more cars which would've taken up more space and maybe even closed the Beltway. Why is the DC area so bad when it comes to traffic management of accident scenes? I lived in Florida, accident on the side of the road closed the shoulder and half of one lane. Police would then direct people to use the shoulder to allow two of two lanes pass.

Posted by: Blocking | January 3, 2007 8:17 AM | Report abuse

This must be standard procedure unfortunately. There was once an accident in the HOV lanes on 395, and one officer felt the need to block a regular 395 lane to assist. And this was after all other authorities had arrived. Also, consider road work on the mixing bowl - they block lanes leading up to edsall road, even though the work was much further down and had cops sitting there (collecting overtime). Consideration for the common driver is ignored.

Posted by: typical | January 5, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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