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Truck hits Third Street Tunnel

Crews repair damage to the southbound entrance of the Third Street Tunnel. (District Department of Transportation)

1:15 p.m. Update: DDOT reports that all lanes have reopened.

1:05 p.m. Update: Delays are easing and traffic is being to flow normally.

12:45 p.m. Update: The debris is being cleared and the tunnel should reopen soon, but delays continue along the New York Avenue corridor.

12:25 p.m. Update: Travel between North Capitol Street and Fourth Street NW just isn't getting much better. It's still slow approaching the tunnel. You can divert to Rhode Island Avenue or Massachusetts.

12:08 p.m. Update: We're still seeing delays and the southbound entrance of the tunnel remains closed. Traffic is building back toward Ninth Street now.

11:45 a.m. Update: Authorities say the driver of the truck misjudged the height of the tunnel and the truck struck the ceiling of the tunnel. Debris cleanup continues.

"There are significant traffic back-ups on New York Avenue and drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes," DDOT said in a statement.

11:40 a.m. Update: The traffic is at least not getting any worse. The trip on New York Avenue is relatively smooth until you pass Ninth Street NW and thespeed cameras just west of there. Then, it's slow until you get past Fourth Street NW.

11:30 a.m. Update: Delays extend to Florida Avenue.

11:20 a.m. Update: The New York Avenue entrance to the southbound Third Street Tunnel is still closed for debris cleanup, according to DDOT. Officials advise drivers to use the Third Street NW entrance off Massachusetts Avenue.

11:05 a.m. Update: Inbound traffic on New York Avenue is being diverted at Fourth Street NW from accessing the tunnel. Traffic cameras show substantial delays building along the avenue.

The best way to access 395 is via Third Street NW.

Delays on New York Avenue currently extend beyond North Capitol Street.

Original post: The District Department of Transportation is reporting that an oversize truck has struck the entrance to the southbound Third Street Tunnel. The southbound tunnel is closed.

Check back for details.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 10, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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Send the bill to the driver/company and revoke the driver's CDL.

Posted by: member8 | May 10, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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