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Morning commute watch

Light snow and rain -- light snow, not a blizzard, so it's a nice change of pace -- aren't going to do your commute any favors. Here's our morning roundup of what's going on out there...

9:15 A.M.:

-- A number of closures around North Capitol Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Northeast. North Capitol northbound is closed from E to G streets, and southbound is closed from Massachusetts Avenue to E Street. Massachusetts Avenue westbound is closed from Columbia Circle to E Street, and eastbound from North Capitol to Columbia Circle. The perimeter of the closures are North Capitol and E streets, North Capitol and G Street and Massachusetts Avenue and First Street.

-- The 400 block of 2nd Street in Northwest has fire and emergency activity, so avoid it.

8:45 A.M.:

-- On the 2600 block of 11th Street in Northwest, fire and emergency activity means you should avoid driving there if you can help it.

-- A disabled fire department vehicle on 12th Street and Independence Avenue in Southwest has closed the third and fourth lanes from the left on eastbound Independence Avenue. Avoid that route if at all possible.

8:20 A.M.:

-- I-66 East is also blocked up at the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge.

-- The left side of the Gallows Road ramp to I-495 South remains partially blocked due to the disabled vehicle.

8:05 A.M.:

-- Traffic on I-66 East is better -- it's still bad, obviously, because it's I-66 East and it's the morning rush. But the gridlock at the Capital Beltway lasts back to Centreville at this point, so that's at least an improvement.

-- The left side of the ramp from Gallows Road to I-495 South is partially blocked by a disabled vehicle.

-- The 1200 block of 4th Street in Northeast remains a problem.

7:45 A.M.:

-- Fire and emergency on the 1200 block of 4th Street in Northeast could be a problem for traffic, so try to avoid.

-- The 1000 block of Newton Street in Northeast also has possible road closures, so avoid that as well.

-- Traffic on I-395 North is sluggish at the 14th Street Bridge.

7:30 A.M.:

-- Fire and emergency activity on the 1700 block of Hamlin Street in Northeast could block lanes and severely impede traffic, so try to avoid that route.

-- Traffic is very backed up on I-495 North leading up to Arlington Boulevard.

-- There was an accident on MD 295 South at Laurel Bowie Road.

7:10 A.M.:

-- I-66 East traffic is still pretty terrible. There are good stretches and not-so-good stretches. I-66 Eastbound at the Beltway, at 123 and at Route 50 -- terrible (or they appear to be terrible and congested from looking at the traffic cameras). It's not so crowded at Nutley Street, but picks up right after that. Things get crowded at Sudley Road and remain pretty bad most of the way in.

-- An accident on the 1500 block of South Capitol Street might cause lane closures, so try to avoid that area.

-- There's a disabled car in the road on I-270 South just past Montrose Road.

6:55 A.M.: Traffic on I-66 East is preposterously backed up, beginning at the Beltway and lasting as far back as Sudley Road.

6:30 A.M.: Okay, train 892 on the Brunswick Line left 18 minutes late, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

6:20 A.M.: MARC Brunswick Line train 892 is having mechanical problems and will be delayed by 15 to 20 minutes.


-- For starters, avoid Crystal City. If possible, avoid anything close to Crystal City. The water main breaks yesterday are causing bus detours and road blockages today. If you need to get to the airport, if you need to get to Old Town, if you need to get anywhere, take the George Washington Parkway or smaller side roads. More at here.

-- On I-395 North at U.S. 1, the south exit ramp is closed due to the maintenance activities. If you want to get to U.S. 1 from I-395 North, take exit 7 to Glebe Road. (But we assume you won't be taking U.S.1 Southbound from that area, right? Right.)

-- I-66 East is already problematic and crowded leading up to Nutley Street.

By Mark Berman  |  March 3, 2010; 6:01 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
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Free Bernard Madoff!

Posted by: blasmaic | March 3, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

it's columbus circle, not columbia circle.

Posted by: IMGoph | March 3, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

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