Rte. 123 closure causing delays
4:25 P.M. UPDATE: The northbound lanes of Route 123 are still closed during this evening's rush hour, according to Fairfax County officials. The Viriginia Department of Transportation has some detours in place to help the flow of traffic:
"All lanes of Tysons Boulevard will close from Chain Bridge Road to Galleria Drive to help move traffic through the area. All Galleria Drive traffic near Chain Bridge Road will be directed toward the Dulles Toll Road. Southbound Chain Bridge Road traffic turning onto Tysons Boulevard will be detoured to International Drive."
Alternate routes include Leesburg Pike and the Dulles Toll Road. Officials expect Route 123 to reopen tonight. After the water main is repaired, the road will be repaved, officials said.
10 A.M. UPDATE: Utility officials say repairs are expected to take at least eight hours. Nearby residents can expect low water pressure during that time.
-- Associated Press
9:15 A.M. UPDATE:
Leesburg Pike is looking very crowded in both directions at Tysons Corner, but westbound traffic is particularly bad. If you're heading north, once you get to the Dulles Toll Road it appears to clear up. Possibly due to the ramp closure, I-495 North is slow moving at I-66.
8:15 A.M. UPDATE:
Looking again at the traffic cameras, Leesburg Pike appears to have improved immediately around Tysons. It's still slow at times, but traffic has picked up a bit on the south side of Tysons Corner. It's still very slow to the north, near Wolf Trap. International Drive is very slow heading southbound from the area of 267/Dulles Toll Road. The Beltway appears to be moving like any other morning.
7:25 A.M. UPDATE:
A look at the traffic cameras from the area around Tysons Corner shows a few things: The intersection of Route 123 and International Drive is not, as you might expect, a sea of taillights, stop-and-go traffic and dispirited souls. The southbound traffic on Route 123 is actually moving fairly briskly. The Beltway also doesn't look too bad on either side of Route 123.
Hit hard: Route 7/Leesburg Pike, specifically the westbound traffic that is creeping along at International Drive.
6:40 A.M. UPDATE:
Route 123 has reopened all southbound lanes, while the northbound lanes remain closed, according to the Fairfax County Police.
6:25 A.M. UPDATE:
The gas leak has been resolved and the fire department has left the scene, according to the Fairfax County Police. Route 123 remains closed and will likely be closed most of the day. They recommend commuters try Route 7/Leesburg Pike in place of Route 123.
However, as traffic builds throughout the morning, congestion and backups will reverberate out from Tysons. Expect possible and likely delays on Route 267/Dulles Toll Road, Leesburg Pike and the stretch of I-495 leading to and from Tysons. There will also likely be delays on Route 123 closer to the G.W. Parkway, so the ripple effect could really slow down the morning commute in this area.
A water main break and gas leak earlier this morning have closed Route 123 in Tysons Corner. Route 123 is closed in both directions between International Drive and the Beltway due to the break and leak, which occurred at about 3:30 a.m., according to the Fairfax County Police. The ramps from I-495 to Route 123 are closed in both directions as well. The road isn't expected to reopen until later today, with the closures lasting through the morning rush hour.
An accident in Maryland also caused headaches for commuters earlier this morning. An accident on the Outer Loop of the Beltway at Georgia Avenue at 4:45 a.m. closed all four lanes, the Maryland State Police reported. All four lanes are reopening as of 5:45 a.m., and only minor injuries were reported.
April 6, 2010; 5:33 AM ET
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