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Delays easing on SE/SW Freeway


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12:25 p.m. Update: DDOT says all lanes have reopened on the freeway and in the Third Street Tunnel. Expect delays to continue for awhile as traffic gradually returns to normal.

12:23 p.m. Update: Delays from Seventh Street east appear to have eased. The epicenter of problems now appears to be the 14th Street Bridge, where traffic is crawling.

12:19 p.m. Update: DDOT says the cleanup is still underway. You should expect lengthy delays, especially in the eastbound lanes.

12:15 p.m. Update: We're finally seeing some movement, but temporary closures are still possible as the cleanup continues.

12:04 p.m. Update: We're talking serious misery for people stuck on the freeway. We've been using a truck in the eastbound lanes as our point of reference for measuring progress. It hasn't moved in at least 20 minutes.

12:02 p.m. Update: The situation is not getting better. D.C. officials warn that cleanup of the scene will cause periodic closures of the Third Street Tunnel and the Southeast/Southwest Freeway.

Noon Update: Authorities say a police officer responding to the scene of a garbage truck fire has been injured.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the truck was on Interstate 395 near South Capitol Street when it caught fire and the driver dumped the load at about 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Piringer says a motorist ran over the foot of an officer who helped direct traffic after the incident. The officer's injuries were not serious.

-- Associated Press

11:50 a.m. Update: Despite reports that access is gradually improving, eastbound traffic from at least Seventh Street appears to be at a standstill.

11:40 a.m. Update: Remember that the roads are slick and the rain isn't helping the situation any.

Traffic reporting agencies now say that the trash is being cleared from the roadway, and there is some access to the Third Street Tunnel.

11:35 p.m. Update: The traffic is still heavy and moving slowly on SE/SW Freeway.

11:30 a.m. Update: DDOT warns that there are delays westbound as well, but the eastbound delays are far more significant. If you are heading out, seek an alternate route.

11:10 a.m. Update: According to traffic reporting services, one lane gets by to the left, but there is no access to the Third Street Tunnel.

11:05 a.m. Update: Traffic cameras show that traffic on I-395 is crawling.

Delays on the eastbound lanes of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway extend from South Capitol Street to the 14th Street Bridge.

11 a.m. Update: Officials with the District Department of Transportation say that traffic is at a standstill prior to the Third Street Tunnel.

Original post: According to D.C. Fire/EMS officials a trash truck that caught fire on I-395 near South Capitol Street is under control, but emergency crews are evaluating a police officer at the scene who was struck by a car. Officials described the injures as non-life-threatening.

Officials warn that motorists should expect traffic delays in the area.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 26, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
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