Evening commute a problem, too
8:05 p.m. Update: Finally, it's time to settle in for the night, maybe watch the Olympics and share some time with the family. Well, that's only if you've made it home. Many Washingtonians are still on the roads tonight.
Our traffic map is still showing slow-going in many areas of the region. Volume still appears heavy on I-66 eastbound. There's heavy volume, too, on I-495 through Silver Spring and U.S. 50 heading east toward Bowie and Annapolis.
Let us know what type of commute you've had. Send us an e-mail.
6:15 p.m. Update: It's not getting better out there. Here is a roundup of some of the latest incidents around the region as reported by Trafficland.
Traffic signals are out on Fairfax County Parkway at Fair Lakes Parkway. Backups extend to U.S. 50.
On North Capitol Street northbound at Missouri Avenue NW, only one lane gets by. The other is blocked by snow.
On I-495 outer loop at River Road, the right lane has been closed at River Road. This is also slowing traffic on I-270 southbound all the way to Montrose Road.
On the inner loop of I-95 at Ritchie Marlboro Road, a disabled tractor-trailer is blocking the left lane. Delays extend all the way back to the Greenbelt Metro station.
On New Hampshire Avenue northbound at Lockwood Drive, snow plows are causing delays. Only the left lane gets by. Delays extend to Piney Branch.
Original post: It's a perfectly awful way to bookend the day. This morning's difficult commute is being paired with a challenging evening rush hour.
One of the major problems in the region continues to be the presence of snow in traffic lanes. District officials warned in a statement that delays this evening might be a problem and urged people to use public transit or to stagger their departure times.
Already, several sites are experiencing problems, and they aren't limited to the District city limits. These include:
an accident at I-95 southbound at Route 4; an overturned truck on 123 southbound at the Fairfax County Parkway; two right lanes closed for snow removal on Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane; snow plows causing a traffic jam on New Hampshire Avenue northbound before Powder Mill Road; DC-295 between the 11th Street Bridge and Sousa Bridge due to snow removal; and I-66 eastbound at the E Street Expressway due to snow covering the right lane.
"We knew the commute would be difficult this morning for many residents and commuters," said District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein. "We cleared a lot of inbound commuter lanes this weekend. ... One of our many priorities now is on outbound lanes for the afternoon commute."
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