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Branch Avenue reopened after traffic fatality

9:10 A.M. UPDATE:
Branch Avenue has reopened in both directions.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:
Both northbound lanes of Branch Avenue have reopened, while both southbound lanes (and both southbound shoulders) remain closed.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:
The accident occurred about 6 a.m., when a vehicle struck a pedestrian, The Post's Debbi Wilgoren reports. It's unclear when the road will reopen. For more information, go here.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:
If you were planning to commute on Branch Avenue this morning, here are some alternatives for you:

-- If traveling via the Beltway, head to the Pennsylvania Avenue exit and take that route towards the District (this also works if you need to get to Anacostia and need to get around the traffic). Or take the Indian Head Highway route if that works better for you/if you're heading more in the direction of Navy Yard.

-- Use Pennsylvania Avenue to get around to the east of Branch Avenue; to get around on the west side, your best bet might be Indian Head Highway/S. Capitol Street SE/Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE.

-- If you would normally head south on Branch Avenue but are blocked by the closures, your best bets are the routes listed above -- Pennsylvania Avenue (you can pick it up as early as the river, or when it crosses Minnesota Avenue), or to Minnesota Avenue to Good Hope Road to Alabama Road Avenue (which connects with MLK Avenue). The latter is very roundabout, but if you're heading toward Forest Heights or parts south, that's an option.

-- If you normally head to the Naylor Road or Southern Ave Metro stations, try to head to the Branch Ave station at the end of the Green Line. Parking will be an issue, depending upon when you get there.

Branch Avenue remains closed at the District/Maryland border because of an accident this morning. All lanes heading north and south are closed, snarling traffic in the area of the Naylor Road Metro station and impacting vital roadways such as the Suitland Parkway, Naylor Road and Southern Avenue.

By Mark Berman  |  February 18, 2010; 7:11 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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How about telling us what conditions are like for pedestrians at that intersection? Are sidewalks and crosswalks blocked by snow and ice dumped by snow plows? If yes, what are the alternative safe walking routes for people who are on foot?

Someone who walked was killed this morning, but the Post has chosen to devote the vast majority of its ink on this crash to the resulting inconveniences to drivers. That's just wrong.

Posted by: myrna38717 | February 18, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse


It is the wrong side of town for them to care....

Posted by: dc4life | February 19, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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