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US 29 South closed before Beltway in Maryland

7:30 A.M. UPDATE: It's still estimated that the tree and wires could be moved by 8:30 a.m., according to the Montgomery County Police. And after the tree is removed, power needs to be restored, so expect work to continue through the morning.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE: A rough time estimate courtesy of the Montgomery County Police: Power to the pole will be be turned off sometime between 6:55 and 7:10 a.m., the tree could be moved out of roadway by 8 a.m. at the earliest (though it could take longer). The tree, which brought wires down as it fell, remains blocking the southbound lanes of this major artery to the Beltway.

6 A.M. UPDATE: There is a tree down with wires on it at the intersection, according to the Montgomery County Police. US 29 South is closed at Lockwood Drive as they work on it. The tree came down shortly before 4 a.m. and evidently took some wires with it, but the wires have to be moved first because they can't get to work on the tree until the wires are off. Montgomery County Police and Pepco are on the scene. There's no estimate on when this will be cleared up, so if you've yet to leave, plan for alternative routes like New Hampshire Avenue.

ORIGINAL POST: Debris in a Maryland street has caused an early road closure. US 29 South/Columbia Pike is closed at Lockwood Drive in Montgomery County (see it here) due to some debris in the road, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation's Coordinated Highways Action Response Team. All southbound lanes are closed, while all northbound lanes are open.

Traffic is being diverted at New Hampshire Avenue, just east of the impacted area. This could have an impact on you if your commute takes you on US 29 South as it becomes Colesville Road, hits the Beltway and continues to downtown Silver Spring.

By Mark Berman  |  December 3, 2009; 5:45 AM ET
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