Delays as drivers return to roads
9:30 A.M. UPDATE: On I-495/Outer Loop at Georgia Avenue, a disabled vehicle is blocking the right merge lane... MD 193 East remains closed... On I-395 North, the right lane and right shoulder are closed just before Duke Street due to an accident... and major congestion on I-66 East stemming back from the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge and the Beltway.
8:40 A.M. UPDATE: A water main break has closed all lanes of MD 193 East from Veirs Mill Road to Grandview Avenue.... An accident has closed the left shoulder and left lane of I-395 North just before Duke Street... A disabled vehicle has blocked the right lane of the ramp from I-66 East to I-495 North... An accident has closed the right lane of I-66 East at the Beltway.
8:15 A.M. UPDATE: A report from the Post's Michael Bolden from US 50 Westbound (heading into the District from Maryland): The road narrows to two lanes after the Baltimore Washington Parkway split, and the right lane is filled with snow. On New York Avenue/Route 50 inside the District, several people are walking in the street, including a person in a wheelchair.
The District Department of Transportation reports a minor accident at New York Avenue at South Dakota Avenue in Northeast (immediately after the aforementioned split and right after Route 50 crosses from Maryland and into the District). So if you're heading west on Route 50, you're facing some delays.
In Virginia, I-66 East is backed up for six miles from the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge and for about four miles from the Beltway. I-495 North has about four miles of congestion, beginning at Arlington Boulevard. So it's almost like any other morning commute, albeit full of ice and snow and people who haven't worked in a week.
Drivers hitting the roads and returning to work today are still facing black ice and view-obstructing piles of snow. When you're commuting out there, be careful and drive slowly.
There are still going to be accidents, breakdowns and general congestion as people get back out there. Here's a sampling of things going on in Virginia this morning (by no means complete, but just to give you an idea):
-- There's a disabled vehicle on I-95 South at Van Dorn Street
-- An accident on Route 50 has blocked the left side of the ramp from Route 50 West to I-495 South.
-- A disabled vehicle has closed the north left lane of I-395 North at Washington Boulevard
-- A disabled vehicle has blocked the right lane of the I-66 East ramp to I-495 North.
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