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Morning commute watch

It's terribly windy out there today, so no matter how you commute, bundle up and be prepared. The high winds could cause downed trees and wires, push and pull at your body or car and generally be a dangerous nuisance. So be careful. Here's a look at some of what's going on this morning....

9:15 A.M.:

-- Wires are down at 4200 Cathedral Avenue in Northwest.

-- Wires are down at 13th and W streets in Southeast.

-- Wires are down at 13th Street and Michigan Avenue in Norhteast.

-- There's an accident in the 600 block of G Street in Northeast, do avoiding that route would be wise.

8:45 A.M.:

-- There's a disabled vehicle on I-66 East near Chain Bridge Road.

-- Downed wires on the 4300 block of Chaplin Street in Southeast.

-- There's a downed tree and downed wires at the intersection of Foxhall Road and P Street in Northwest.

-- And more downed wires on the 4500 block of 48th Street in Northwest.

8:30 A.M.:

-- The shoulder on I-270 North before Grosvenor Lane remains closed. Just a head's up in case you hit any slow traffic in that area.

-- The I-395 North backups from King Street stem back to to Duke Street. Progress!

8:15 A.M.:

-- I-395 North from King Street back to the Beltway remains congested and terrible.

-- There's a disabled car on 395 North at Maine Avenue SW.

7:50 A.M.:

There are some traffic signals out in the District. According to the District Department of Transportation:

- 1st and L streets in Northeast
- Good Hope and Naylor roads in Southeast
- Canal Road and Arizona Avenue in Northwest
- Georgia and Arkansas Avenues and Gallatin Street in Northwest
- Canal and Foxhall Roads in Northwest

7:30 A.M.:

-- Trains on the MARC Brunswick Line are facing delays of 30 to 45 minutes between Germantown and Washington, due to freight train congestion and weather conditions. The crossing gates at Randolph Road are malfunctioning, adding to the delays.

-- The left lane of I-495 South just before the Springfield Interchange is still closed (ditto both shoulders).

-- I-66 East is congested two miles before the Beltway, and that congestion stretches back beyond the Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.

-- Fire department activity at 6th and H streets in Northeast could squeeze traffic through fewer lanes at that intersection, so try to avoid it.

-- There's a disabled car at Montana Avenue and W Street in Northeast

6:55 A.M.:

-- A multi-vehicle accident on I-495 South just before the Springfield Interchange has closed the left lane and both shoulders. It doesn't appear to be causing significant backups at this point.

-- I-395 North is backed up from King Street back to the Beltway.

6:35 A.M.:

-- The disabled vehicle on US 50 West in Prince George's County has closed two westbound lanes and still has the right westbound off-ramp closed.

-- Drivers on I-370 East, there's debris in the road just past Shady Grove Road.

-- An accident on I-66 East at Route 7 has closed the right shoulder and might cause delays.

-- Traffic on I-95 North is packed from Newington back to Woodbridge (that roadway has an accident in Newington and a disabled vehicle in Woodbridge, so it's slow all around that stretch).

6:10 A.M.:

-- I-270 North has reopened all lanes, while the shoulder remains closed.

-- A disabled vehicle on US 50 West has closed the westbound right off ramp at Crain Highway.

-- There's also a disabled car on I-95 North in Lorton.

-- There are trees and wires down on the 1800 block of Lawrence Street in Northeast, while downed trees at 37th and U streets in Northwest has stunted traffic in that area.

5:50 A.M.:

-- I-270 Northbound is closed just before Grosvenor Lane due to an accident (a tractor-trailer full of bananas overturned; more here).

-- On I-495 South near the Springfield Interchange, an accident might cause lane closures, so be aware of potential delays if you're heading in that area.

-- MARC commuters should be advised to expect possible delays on all trains due to weather today, the Maryland Transit Administration reported.

By Mark Berman  |  February 26, 2010; 5:48 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
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The debris on I-370E just past Shady Grove Road is thanks to Metro's snow removal efforts. They're hauling it out of the lots and dumping it on the side of the road...they're also managing to make a mess of I-370 at the same time.

Posted by: Razor04 | February 26, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, weren't they supposed to reconfigure the I-66 to I-495N interchange back to the "old" way? It's still the bad merge causing backups even on the weekends (the last time I went through there was at 3:30pm on a SUNDAY, and it was backed up to Nutley Street). I guess I won't be getting on I-66 again any time soon.

Posted by: briandau | February 26, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Briandau, that's been postponed due to the recent snowstorms. Twice as far as I can remember.

Traffic team, thank you for the updates on I395 north in the mornings. I get on 395 North from the inner loop and get off at Edsall road. Your updates allow me to know whether I need to bail on Van Dorn or not. I use the show traffic feature of the Google Maps app for Blackberry, which is just crappy at being up to the minute. Some days it says 396 is RED, meaning slow/congested, and I will take an alternate route, only to see 395 moving at top speed when I cross the bridge at Edsall. Please keep a focus on this road during the weekdays, as the extent of the backups and updates on clearing conditions are immensely helpful.

Posted by: CyanSquirrel | February 26, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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