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16th Steet NW reopens

10 a.m. Update: 16th Street has reopened.

9:50 p.m. Update: Officials are investigating a suspicious package, according to reports from News Channel 8. Expect huge delays in the are as traffic is diverted from 16th Street at Q to the south and and T Street to the north.

9:30 p.m. Update: Traffic is backing up along 16th Street. Delays southbound extend beyond Colombia Road, where some cars on 16th are blocking the intersection.

Original post: 16th Street NW between S and R streets is closed due to police activity. Motorists are being advised to seek an alternate route.

Check back with us for more details.

By Washington Post editors  |  May 19, 2010; 9:07 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion  
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Any more details?

Posted by: ryanpk | May 19, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

This started about 8:35 (or maybe a bit earlier) but I was going to work and that's when I got diverted...I'm signed up for DC alerts for this neighborhood. Any idea why I didn't get one?

Posted by: ajbouche | May 19, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Could it have been Obama's birth certificate?

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | May 19, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know anything further about the nature of this mysterious package? I was on an inbound 16th Street bus and the driver simply turned onto U Street and let everyone off. By then there were at least a dozen inbound buses lined up, waiting to move. Cops and Metro workers aplenty were standing around on 16th Street above, say, Corcoran, but no one could say much about what had happened.

As usual, it just doesn't take much to bring 16th Street to a halt. Better safe than sorry, of course, but there doesn't seem to have been any effort to re-route buses.

Posted by: AnotherHagman | May 19, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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