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Metro delays finally lifted

Here's a look at headaches facing commuters this morning:


-- An accident on I-395 South between the 14th Street Bridge and Jefferson Davis Highway/U.S. 1 is blocking the southbound right lane.

-- I-495 North is congested at I-66.

-- An accident on 33rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast is causing some problems. It's right near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Branch Avenue. Branch Avenue is open. Westbound traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue is being routed onto Carpenter Street, while eastbound traffic is being routed onto Branch Avenue.

-- All Metro delays have been lifted at this point, after a morning that saw lengthy delays on the Green, Yellow and Blue lines.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A train was offloaded at the Forest Glen Metro station due to a brake problem this morning. There were a number of Tweets concerned about smoke or a fire at the station, but Metro officials say there was "brake dust" in the air that riders might have confused for smoke. So, no fire at the Forest Glen station.

-- The Green Line delays remain.

-- Traffic is badly backed up on I-95 South leading to Van Dorn Street, as well as on I-95 North leading to the Springfield Interchange.

-- An accident has blocked the ramp from 295 Northbound at Benning Road.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Good news and bad news. The good news: The Beltway lanes have reopened! The bad news: Traffic is still very backed up as cars get moving again. It'll take some time for the congestion to sort itself out. In the meantime, at least cars are moving more freely.

-- The Blue and Yellow Line delays have finally been lifted! There are still speed restrictions in place, so trains will be going slower on those lines between Reagan National Airport and Crystal City. The speed restrictions are in place following two early morning derailments, both of which involved a piece of track equipment and resulted in no injuries. (Metro has more here.)

-- But the Green Line delays remain in effect. These are due to a cracked rail near the Naylor Road station, according to Metro.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- No change in the lane closures. The thing is still a horrid mess, with traffic barely eking by the accident scene. While cars are moving, they are moving slowly.

-- The Blue and Yellow Line delays remain in place.

-- And now a Green Line delay! Due to a track problem at the Naylor Road station, trains are sharing the same track between Naylor Road and Southern Avenue. So there are delays in both directions.

-- The point: work from home if you can.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

The right lane of I-95 South has reopened, so traffic is able to eke by. But judging from the sea of cars visible on the traffic cameras, that's going to be a light drizzle when you need a flood. Again, avoid this area if you can!

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

So I-95 South is entirely blocked near Alexandria. If you haven't already left, avoid this area, the Springfield Interchange and any of these major roadways. The tractor trailer accident has closed the left lane, left center lane, right center lane, right lane and both shoulders of I-95 South just to the east of Telegraph Road, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The resulting backups are nightmarish.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A tractor trailer accident on I-95 South/the Beltway at Van Dorn Street is wreaking havoc on commuters right now. The left lane, center lane and right lane are all closed. Traffic is already badly backed up.

The Virginia Department of Transportation recommends this alternate route: Take exit 176-A to southbound Telegraph Road; turn right onto westbound Franconia Road (Route 644); turn right onto northbound Van Dorn Street; and re-enter the westbound Beltway by turning left at the 4th signal.

-- Additionally, there are still delays on the Yellow and Blue Lines. The situation at Crystal City has been resolved, but delays remain in both directions on those lines.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on I-95 South/the Beltway at Van Dorn Street is blocking the left lane, left center lane and left shoulder.

-- Traffic is very backed up on I-66 East at Chain Bridge Road.

-- The Metro delays persist.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

There's bad congestion on I-95 North heading towards the Springfield Interchange.

6:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The Blue and Yellow Line delays persist.

-- The right lane has reopened on I-495 North at Braddock Road. The right shoulder remains closed.

-- A disabled vehicle is blocking the left shoulder of I-95 North in Lorton.


-- There are delays on the Blue and Yellow Lines due to a track problem at the Crystal City Metro station. Trains are sharing the same track between the Pentagon City and Reagan National Airport stations. There are delays in both directions.

-- An accident on I-495 North at Braddock Road has closed the northbound right lane and right shoulder.

By Mark Berman  |  April 28, 2010; 5:45 AM ET
Categories:  Airports , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: Beltway, beltway traffic, metrorail, metrorail delays  
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Dr. G.

The Blue/Yellow issues created dangerous overcrowding at Pentagon City this morning. Around 7:35-7:40 the platform was so crowded with people, we were calling for riders at the top of the escalator to shut it off, as there was NO room for people to move.

And as usual, no Metro employees were in sight until after riders were forced to act for themselves. At that point the Metro employee started shouting rudely at customers to not make their way down the escalator.

And the platform was full of people from out of town who were here for a lobby day. I was more then happy to inform them that Metro is underfunded by three infighting jurisdictions and that this was a multi-times daily occurrence and the best thing they could do would be to lobby for more dedicated funds for Metro from their local Members.

I doubt the self described "red neck" will do so, but it was worth a shot.

Another great day for Metro.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | April 28, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Good grief, not a good day for Metro!

Perhaps the point should be phrased as, "Let the workers you supervise work at home if you can." It's often bosses who make this decision!

Posted by: DOEJN | April 28, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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