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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Massive Bay Bridge delays, westbound span closed [UPDATE: Reopened]

12:10 P.M. Update:

The westbound span of the Bay Bridge has reopened, Katherine Shaver reports. The inspection found no problems. Expect lingering delays as traffic begins flowing through this area again.


Traffic is backed up in this traffic camera image about noon Tuesday on U.S. 50 at Kent Narrows, east of the Bay Bridge. (Maryland Department of Transportation)

11:40 A.M. Update:

Heavy delays remain on the Bay Bridge, where the westbound span remains closed. Are you stuck in the backups, or were you stuck there earlier this morning? We want to hear from you. E-mail us at transportation@washpost.com.

10:40 A.M. Update:

The westbound span of the Bay Bridge remains closed as inspectors investigate “movement” noticed on the span late Monday night. The eastbound span is carrying traffic in both directions, which is leading to heavy delays. Read the full story here.

8:35 A.M. Update:

Major delays remain on the Bay Bridge. The westbound span is blocked due to an inspection, while two-way traffic is moving on the eastbound side of the bridge. Expect heavy congestion and avoid taking it if possible.

Tree maintenance on Beach Drive will close a chunk of the roadway later this morning. Beach Drive will be closed between West Beach Drive NW to the Maryland/D.C. border. The closure will occur each morning this week through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The funeral for a Prince George’s County police officer could create delays for Maryland commuters this morning.

8:25 A.M. Update:

In addition to any lingering Orange/Blue Line issues, Green Line riders are also experiencing some issues. A disabled train at West Hyattsville created delays for commuters heading to Branch Avenue. Trains are on the move and there shouldn’t be significant delays.

8:10 A.M. Update:

Metro reports that normal service has resumed on the Orange and Blue lines. Remember, even if the delays are cleared, crowding likely remains on the trains and station platforms. Expect congestion as you head out.

8 A.M. Update:

Delays remain on the Orange and Blue Lines after the earlier track work and single-tracking near Eastern Market. In addition to the delays, crowding on trains and station platforms could create headaches for commuters as the morning rush continues.

7:50 A.M. Update:

There’s a disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road. It’s on the shoulder, but there are heavy delays approaching this spot from the Springfield Interchange.

7:35 A.M. Update:

Delays remain on the Orange and Blue Lines after the earlier track work and single-tracking near Eastern Market. According to Metro, residual delays are expected until about 8 a.m.

Commuters should expect to encounter headaches on these lines for quite a while. Delays lead to crowded platforms, packed trains and generally unhappy traveling conditions. Expect your trip to take longer than usual and, if you can, consider taking a bus or another Metro line this morning.

7:27 A.M. Update:

Orange and Blue Line trains are no longer single-tracking and the earlier track work has been cleared. Expect delays to linger in both directions on both lines.

7:25 A.M. Update:

The accident on U.S. 1 at Forest Place has been cleared.

7:20 A.M. Update:

The accident on U.S. 1 at Forest Place doesn’t appear to be blocking any northbound lanes at this point. We will update when it has been fully cleared or if any lane closures remain.

7:05 A.M. Update :

The Orange and Blue line delays persist in both directions. If you have the option of taking another line (like the Yellow Line in from Virginia), we highly recommend it.

And in case you missed it earlier: The westbound span of the Bay Bridge is closed for inspections. Two-way traffic is moving on the eastbound span. As a result, expect delays this morning.

6:48 A.M. Update:

The accident on U.S. 1 at Forest Place is now just blocking all northbound lanes. The southbound lanes have reopened.

6:43 A.M. Update:

Metro just announced more details about the delays on the Orange and Blue lines. A routine track inspection located several spots between Eastern market and New Carrollton needing repair or adjustment, so they began unscheduled track work.

As long as the track work continues, delays will remain on both lines in both directions.

• Orange Line trains are single-tracking between Eastern Market and New Carrollton with delays of up to 30 minutes; some trains are turning back to Vienna at Federal Center SW or Eastern Market.

• Blue Line trains are single-tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory with delays of up to 20 minutes; some trains are heading back to Franconia-Springfield at Federal Center SW or Eastern Market.

6:40 A.M. Update:

There’s a disabled vehicle blocking one off-ramp lane on the outer loop of the Beltway leading to U.S. 1 in Prince George’s County.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway near the Dulles Toll Road is blocking the through lanes.

An accident on U.S. 1 near Forest Place is blocking the northbound lanes as well as the southbound left lane and left shoulder.

6:35 A.M. Update:

Unscheduled track work continues to create delays on the Orange and Blue Lines. Expect delays of at least 20 to 30 minutes between Eastern Market and New Carrollton (on the Orange Line) and between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory (on the Blue Line).

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

We have a decent chance of showers this morning, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

So far:

— There are delays in both directions on the Orange and Blue lines due to track work. Trains are single-tracking between Eastern Market and New Carrollton (on the Orange Line) and between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory (on the Blue Line).

— MARC Brunswick Line train 870 is running 12 minutes late approaching Gaithersburg due to speed restrictions.

— On the Bay Bridge, the eastbound span is running as a two-way stretch during the morning rush hour. The westbound span remains closed for inspections.

— An accident on I-395 North after Duke Street is blocking the right shoulder.

— And, for later this morning: Tree maintenance on Beach Drive will close a chunk of the roadway this week. Beach Drive will be closed between West Beach Drive NW to the Maryland/D.C. border. The closure will occur each morning this week through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

— Also, the funeral for a Prince George’s County police officer could create delays later this morning.

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