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Beltway's outer loop back in business near Rte. 4

Update (9.45 p.m.) The outer loop of the Beltway is back in business.

Update (8:20 p.m.)One more lane has reopened but the left lane and left shoulder on the outer loop remain closed as the cleanup continues.

Update (8 p.m.)The two left lanes and left shoulder remain closed on the outer loop of the beltway. Three right lanes are open but the massive backup caused by the accident almost three hours ago has yet to abate.

Update (7:22 p.m.) Three lanes on the outer loop of the beltway now are open. The two left lanes and left shoulder remain closed as the cleanup continues.

Update (6:48 p.m):. The right lane of the outer loop has been opened but four traffic lanes and the left shoulder remain closed as work crews clear the spilled lumber from the outer loop of the beltway.

Update (6 p.m.): An accident at just about the worst possible moment at just about the worst possible place turned the beltway in Prince George's County into a sea of red brake lights during evening rush hour Thursday.

The driver of a tractor trailer carrying a load of lumber had to hit his brakes hard on the outer loop of the Beltway at about 5:10 p.m., and wood spewed out to block every northbound lane except for the right shoulder. The accident occurred slightly north of Pennsylvania Avenue just as the massive volume of commuters who work in Virginia and live in Prince George's and eastern Montgomery counties made the daily dash for home.

Maryland State Police at the Forestville Barracks said the cleanup would take hours.

-- Ashley Halsey III

Update (5:48 p.m.):Trafficland reports that only the right shoulder is open. Delays are also starting to build on the inner loop from rubbernecking.

Update (5:35 p.m.):According to a Maryland Department of Transportation Web site, all four lanes and one shoulder of the outer loop are closed. The incident occurred north of Route 4.

According to MDOT, the inner loop remains open, but drivers should be alert to delays caused by rubbernecking.

Original post:Trafficland reports that a tractor-trailer traveling on the outer loop of the Beltway lost its load of wood in the highway near Route 4, shutting down all lanes. Delays begin near Branch Avenue.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 10, 2009; 5:21 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: Beltway, Prince George's  
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...and meanwhile, the idiot who caused the truck driver to "hit his brakes hard" continued on his/her merry way...

Posted by: SurlyGirly | December 10, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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