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Morning traffic roundup

Here's a roundup of issues, delays and problems facing commuters this morning. This post will be updated throughout the morning rush hour. It is by no means going to be 100 percent comprehensive, so please add anything else you see or hear about in the comments section below!

9:20 A.M.: Traffic is moving a little more on I-395 North up through King Street, albeit still sluggishly. After that, it really slows down to a crawl again. I-495 North circa Braddock Road is much clearer now. I-495 North in Montgomery County remains slow and packed.

8:35 A.M.: Traffic on I-95 North is now only backed up from the Beltway back to Lorton. So everything's fine...unless you're in the still-not-moving traffic on I-395 North. Cars are also moving again on the Outer Loop to the east of the Springfield Interchange, but congestion on I-495 North near Braddock Road is just abhorrent.

8:25 A.M.: I-495 North at the ramp to I-95 North (in Prince George's County) is also an absolute nightmare because two of three traffic lanes on the Outer Loop are closed due to an accident. This slowdown on the Outer Loop is causing problems to University Boulevard and beyond. Also horribly slowed down: I-495 just east of New Hampshire Avenue.

8:10 A.M.: A major traffic backup heading into Washington via the 14th Street Bridge is creating massive headaches on I-395 North literally the entire way back to the Beltway. Yes, ten miles of backed up traffic -- and it doesn't stop there! There's also traffic on the Outer Loop of the Beltway barely moving before and after the Springfield Interchange. And I-95 North is packed and barely moving as far back as Woodbridge. Woodbridge, people.

Why the horrendous, horrific traffic? One reader wrote in to the Post saying Eye Street in Washington was closed earlier this morning, block by block, for snow removal. She said that many drivers sat in traffic for two hours (if not more) and that the traffic began on the 14th Street Bridge. And she noted that it's rather odd that (A) Eye Street wasn't cleared until this morning, and (B) Eye Street was closed down at the start of the Monday Morning Rush.

8:05 A.M.: A disabled vehicle is blocking one lane of I-495/Outer Loop past New Hampshire Avenue. A three-car accident has closed two of four lanes on I-95/Outer Loop before Baltimore Avenue.

7:45 A.M.: Riders taking VRE at Alexandria should be wary of ice at the bottom of the stairs. The rail service received some reports of people slipping on ice at the bottom of the stairs while exiting the station this morning, and warns riders to be careful when walking because melted snow might have frozen overnight. While they have alerted people to remove the ice, this is a good warning for anyone walking anywhere or taking stairs -- snow that melted during the day might have frozen again last night, so be careful when walking.

7:30 A.M.: A disabled vehicle on I-270 South before Quince Orchard Road has closed one of the four southbound lanes and one of the southbound shoulders.

7:10 A.M.: A pair of disabled vehicles -- on I-495 North at Braddock Road, and on I-495 South just south of Gallows Road -- have closed the right shoulders of those respective routes. They are still causing some delays.

6:55 A.M.: All lanes have reopened on I-495/Inner Loop past University Boulevard. Traffic is pretty solid for on I-495 North in Virginia, about four miles of congestion (beginning at Gallows Road) lingering from the earlier accident.

6:20 A.M.: An accident shortly before 6 a.m. on I-495/Inner Loop past University Boulevard has closed two of four inner loop lanes and one of the two shoulders.

5:40 A.M.: A vehicle accident on I-495 North just south of Gallows Road has closed the left lane and left center lane of that roadway.

By Mark Berman  |  February 22, 2010; 5:38 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
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Has anyone else noticed that the problem on 395 at the 14th St. Bridge is that the lane paint put down when construction began last year has totally faded, but the old lane markings are now visible. I've noticed that this confuses drivers wondering where they're supposed to be, especially with the people merging from the southbound GW Parkway (which is where I'm coming on). Once everyone sorts themselves out after that merge, traffic begins flowing faster across the bridge. But someone needs to repaint those lines so people know where the lanes actually are.

Posted by: JimLackey99 | February 22, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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