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NY Ave. reopens after investigation

3:20 p.m. Update: Authorities report that the scene has been cleared and traffic is returning to normal in the area. There may be some residual delays.

3:15 p.m. Update: Police are diverting all inbound lanes at Fourth Street NW.

3:04 p.m. Update: Delays on inbound New York Avenue extend to North Capitol Street.

3 p.m. Update: Closures now extend east from Seventh Street NW for several blocks. Police are directing traffic at the intersection with Fourth Street NW.

2:50 p.m. Update: The District Department of Transportation warns that there are multiple road closures in the area. If you're leaving the office soon, plan your alternate route now.

2:45 p.m. Update: The street remains closed. Currently, the surrounding streets are not showing a significant buildup of traffic as motorists divert to other routes. However, as the evening commute progresses, the potential for problems on New York Avenue and surrounding streets will multiply. There is no estimate from officials on when the situation might be resolved.

2:31 p.m. Update: The Post's Hamil R. Harris reports that the situation is further complicated by an accident he witnessed near the Washington Convention Center. Expect extensive traffic delays in the area. Rhode Island Avenue appears to be a favorable alternate route.

2:30 p.m. Update:Emergency officials have blocked off an area of at least two blocks on New York Avenue while the investigation continues.

Original post: Police are investigating a suspicious package on New York Avenue. Traffic Cameras show that the street has been shut down at Sixth Street NW, with police cars blocking the lanes.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 20, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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