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I-66 jammed at Beltway

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

8:50 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on I-95/Inner Loop has been cleared and the lanes reopened.

-- Traffic remains very heavy on I-66 East leading to Beltway.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on I-95/Inner Loop at U.S. 50 in Prince George's County has closed two inner loop lanes and one of the shoulders.

-- Delays remain on I-66 East leading to the Beltway and on I-395 North at the 14th Street Bridge and Seminary Road.


There's police activity on U.S. 50 West in the local lanes just before Bladensburg Road in the District, reports Post traffic editor Michael Bolden. It looks like the police are doing some kind of check on cars, and as a result people in the regular lanes are also slowing to look. So expect delays if you're heading westbound in that area near the National Arboretum.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Perhaps owing to the earlier accident and lane closures on I-66 East, there's a pretty big backup on the roadway at the Beltway.

-- There's also congestion on the Beltway leading to I-66 -- I-495 North is very packed heading towards I-66.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The Green and Yellow Line delays have finally been lifted.

-- The left lane and left shoulder of I-66 East remain closed at the Beltway, while the right shoulder remains closed on I-66 West in the same vicinity.

-- I-395 North is pretty congested at the 14th Street Bridge and Seminary Road.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Delays continue on the Green and Yellow Lines in both directions.

-- On I-66 East at the Beltway, the left lane and left shoulder remain closed from the earlier accident.

-- An accident on I-66 West in the same vicinity has blocked the westbound right shoulder.

-- There's congestion on I-495 North leading to Gallows Road.

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on I-66 Eastbound at the Beltway occurred shortly after 6 a.m. and involved between four and five cars, according to the Virginia State Police. Dispatcher Julie Aemmer said that they were initially told that five cars were involved, but it appears to be four.

The far right lane is moving, while the second from the right is also seeing some movement, she said. The left two lanes are completely blocked. The Virginia State Police and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are both on scene. At this time, nobody involved in the accident has needed to go to the hospital. They think the lanes will reopen before 7 a.m., Aemmer said.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A multi-vehicle accident on I-66 East at the Beltway is blocking the left lane, left center lane, right lane and both shoulders of I-66.

-- Metro delays remain.

6:15 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The Metro delays remain on the Green and Yellow Lines.

-- The accident on I-95/Inner Loop has been cleared.

-- A disabled vehicle on I-95 North is blocking the left lane and left shoulder in Lorton.

-- There's also a disabled vehicle on the north right shoulder of I-395 near King Street.


-- There are delays on the Green and Yellow Lines. Trains are sharing the same track between the U Street and Fort Totten stations due to emergency track maintenance, causing delays in both directions.

-- There was an accident on I-95/Inner Loop just past Cherry Hill Road.

By Mark Berman  |  April 29, 2010; 5:45 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: beltway traffic, metro delays, metrorail  
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Does Dr. Gridlock get up at 3 am with coffee in hand and hair sticking up and start tracking this stuff?

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | April 29, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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