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Problems plague a.m. commuters

Traffic backs up on the ramp leading to New Carrollton Station on Wednesday. (Michael Bolden/The Washington Post)

The region is essentially back up and running for the first time in 13 days after snowstorms, Snowmageddon, ice, flurries and endless mounds of snow blanketed the area. With so many people back on the roads, let's see how things are for the commuters on the roads and rails this morning:

10 A.M. UPDATE: Here's a roundup of some of the problems we're seeing at this hour. now.

BW Parkway southbound between the Pepsi plant and New York Avenue: an accident. Police are on the scene.

BW Parkway northbound between Riverdale Road and I-95: an accident. One lane gets by to the right.

Good Luck Road northbound at BW Parkway: Snow removal in progress. A flag man is directing traffic flow.

GW Parkway northbound between I-395 and I-495: Crews are repairing potholes.

Constitution Avenue eastbound before 15th Street NW: Right lane is blocked with snow.

19th Street NW between E and C streets: Only one lane available due to snow.

DC 295 before Benning Road NE: Large pothole in the left lane.

I-66 eastbound at E Street Expressway: Right lane at 20th Street NW is still covered in snow.

Suitland Parkway westbound at Firth Sterling Avenue: the right turn lane is still filled with snow.

9:15 A.M. UPDATE: An "unauthorized person" on the track bed at Fort Totten has caused delays on the Green and Yellow Lines, Metro just announced. Trains are sharing a track between Georgia Avenue and Fort Totten, and delays are in both directions.

9 A.M. UPDATE: Parking is available at the Landover station, Michael Bolden reports. He recommends drivers head for the station's far lot.

Delays on I-66 East due to a disabled vehicle just before Lee Highway; the right lane and right shoulder of I-66 East are closed.

Meanwhile, on the Metro there are delays on the Red Line to Shady Grove. An earlier train malfunction at Judiciary Square was resolved, but delays linger.

The MARC Penn Line train 521 is running 25 to 30 minutes late due to earlier mechanical problems and Amtrak traffic.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE: Due to the MARC Brunswick line train 878's cancellation at Rockville, train 880 will stop and couple to shove it into Washington. So there will be 30 to 35 minutes of delays for train 880.

Meanwhile, the Post's Michael Bolden reports that the lots and garages at the New Carrollton station are full, and U.S. 50 is visibly backed up.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE: Metro problems being reported on the Red Line this morning. The Post's Beth Chang reported a six-car train was overfilled at the Shady Grove station and standing room only by the time it reached Twinbrook.

And MARC Brunswick line train 878 has terminated at Rockville due to mechanical problems. It was scheduled to continue through Silver Spring and Union Station. The Maryland Transit Administration reports that Metro will honor tickets for passengers.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE: A huge traffic backup has developed on the ramp from Martin Luther King Highway towards the New Carrollton Metro station in Landover, Post traffic editor Michael Bolden reports.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE: The same roads in Virginia -- I-395 North, I-495 North and I-66 East -- are all problematic. Big traffic and congestion. There's also delays on I-66 West near Sycamore Street.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE: In Maryland, an accident on I-95 South before Van Dusen Road is impacting southbound lanes... In Virginia, the traffic on I-395 North, I-495 North and I-66 East remains heavy. So it's back to normal for commuters on those roads.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE: In Maryland, an accident on I-495/Outer Loop before MD 650 has closed one of the four outer lanes and one of the two outer shoulders. In Virginia, a disabled vehicle is blocking the left side of the ramp from the GW Parkway to I-495 North.

7:10 A.M. UPDATE: A train malfunction on the Red Line at Rockville is causing delays towards Glenmont. [UPDATE: Resolved, back to normal.]


Traffic is building on I-395 North from Duke Street on back to the Beltway. A disabled vehicle has closed the right shoulder of I-395 North at Braddock Road. There are also a pair of disabled vehicles on I-395 South: just north of Glebe Road and just south of Edsall Road. Traffic is also building on I-66 East from Chain Bridge Road. Aw, just like old, pre-Snowpocalyptic times.

An earlier incident at I-270 leading to I-370 has been cleared up, but residual delays on both roadways could remain.

The electronic signals indicating which lanes to use on Canal Road were malfunctioning at 10 p.m. last night, the District Department of Transportation reported. (Crews are using heavy equipment to reach damaged wires buried beneath snow, and once they can reach the wires they can repair things.)

Here are the lane configurations DDOT says drivers should use between Chain Bridge and Arizona Avenue: From 6:15 a.m. to 10 a.m., two lanes inbound and one lane outbound. At all other times, one lane inbound and two lanes outbound.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE: And WTOP is reporting that East Capitol Street is closed between 52nd and 53rd streets in Southeast due to a house fire earlier this morning.

By Mark Berman  |  February 17, 2010; 6:35 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
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Is there someone we have to bribe to get the District to clear the third lane on upper Wisconsin Avenue, or at least the area where River Road merges with Wisconsin? It's causing massive delays well into Maryland. The snow fell a full week ago now and this is a major thoroughfare. What is the problem???

Posted by: lisa29 | February 17, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

today was the last day i will take metro to work. i give up. it's too unreliable and I can't keep getting to work late. time to put an end to this abusive relationship.

Posted by: geneticcounselor2 | February 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

it was fun to watch the traffic cam at 19th / k street in dc last night.. poor fed workers who were stuck for hours and hours as their 4 lane street shrank to 2 lanes >:-)

Posted by: support6 | February 17, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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