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Posted at 05:58 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Water main repairs cause traffic issues

2:55 P.M. Update: Arlington County warns that one lane will be closed in both directions on South Glebe Road just south of Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) during rush hour due to water main repairs. Officials warn that commuters should add extra travel time or travel alternate routes.

11 A.M. Update: D.C. Water reports that L Street NW between 25th and 24th streets and 24th Street between K and M streets are closed due to water main repairs. The closures are estimated to last 10 to 12 hours.

10:10 A.M. Update: The District Department of Transportation will continue pothole repairs on northbound 295’s curb lane today through Friday (it was supposed to run through Wednesday but has been extended two days). The work will stretch from East Capitol Street to Benning Road in Northeast Washington. Work will be done from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., so watch out for delays along that stretch if you commute during that window.

Also, DDOT says the left lane in the southbound Third Street Tunnel will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday for road repairs.

9:45 A.M. Update: New York Avenue has reopened in all directions.

8:45 A.M. Update:

The southbound lanes and the exit ramp have reopened on I-270 South at Germantown Road. A pedestrian was killed there earlier this morning in an accident, and the resulting investigation blocked lanes and slowed traffic for much of the morning commute. The investigation is still ongoing, according to the Maryland State Police.

The accident on westbound I-66 at Sully Road is now only blocking the right lane and right shoulder. The other lanes have reopened, but traffic is still slow approaching this spot.

Eastbound New York Avenue remains blocked between Montana Avenue and Bladensburg Road in Northeast Washington due to fire department activity. There are still severe delays around this area, so stick to alternate routes (such as Rhode Island Avenue, Georgia Avenue or Benning Road instead of New York Avenue).

An accident on 20th Street and Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington is slowing traffic there.

8:30 A.M. Update:

The accident 4th Street and Constitution Avenue in Northeast Washington involved two vehicles and could cause delays, according to D.C. police.

8:25 A.M. Update:

An accident in the 3100 block of 16th Street NW could cause delays.

There have also been accidents reported at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue and Hawaii Avenue and First Street (both in Northeast Washington).

8:10 A.M. Update:

The accident on westbound I-66 at Sully Road is now blocking two or three lanes and the shoulders, depending on how you view it.

The fire trucks responding to the accident are really blocking the right two lanes, but they are slightly extending into the left center lane at Sully Road. As a result, traffic in the left center lane is forced to awkwardly pull a bit into the left lane for a moment, which is causing delays in the left center lane and left lane alike.

There are serious and significant delays approaching this spot, so avoid westbound I-66 approaching Centreville if you can help it.

8:05 A.M. Update:

Westbound New York Avenue NE has reopened at Bladensburg Road, according to D.C. police. Eastbound New York Avenue remains snarled.

An accident on westbound I-66 at Sully Road is blocking the right lane and both shoulders.

8 A.M. Update:

If you’re just waking up or just checking the traffic before you head out, here are two major issues slowing commuters this morning:

I-270: A pedestrian was killed in an accident on I-270 South at Germantown Road earlier this morning, according to the Maryland State Police. The two right lanes and the exit to Germantown Road (exit 15) are blocked due to the accident and investigation.

These closures are expected to last at least through the morning commute, so avoid this route if possible. Southbound I-270 is severely backed up due to the closures.

NORTHEAST WASHINGTON: The D.C. Fire Department is responding to a potential fire at New York and Montana avenues, and as a result New York Avenue is blocked between Montana Avenue and Bladensburg Road. As you might imagine, this is causing major delays as drivers try to navigate the detours.

All eastbound New York Avenue traffic is being diverted onto Montana Avenue, while westbound New York Avenue traffic is being diverted onto Bladensburg Road.

7:55 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on I-95 North at Lorton Road has been cleared and the lane reopened.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Rockville Pike exit could cause delays.

An accident in the 4200 block of Southern Avenue SE could cause issues there.

7:45 A.M. Update:

The area around New York and Montana avenues in Northeast Washington is a mess. Drivers should try using Rhode Island Avenue, Georgia Avenue or Benning Road instead of New York Avenue.

Here’s some additional information on detours and closures from the District Department of Transportation:

— New York Avenue is blocked in both directions from Bladensburg Road to Montana Avenue

— All westbound New York Avenue traffic is being diverted onto Bladensburg Road

— All eastbound New York Avenue traffic is being diverted onto Montana Avenue

7:35 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on I-95 North at Lorton Road is blocking the right center lane.

Avoid the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW and the surrounding area, because fire department activity is going to slow traffic there as well.

7:30 A.M. Update:

The area around New York and Montana avenues in Northeast Washington is severely snarled due to D.C. Fire Department activity (not New York and Florida avenues as the District Department of Transportation initially reported).

Eastbound New York Avenue is blocked from 16th Street NE to West Virginia Avenue NE, according to D.C. police. Traffic is being rerouted south on 16th Street to west on West Virginia Avenue.

An accident on North Capitol Street and Harewood Road NW involving a car that hit a deer could cause delays, according to police.

7:10 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-270 North at Falls Road could cause problems for northbound traffic.

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway south of Braddock Road is blocking the right shoulder.

Avoid the area around New York and Florida avenues in Northeast Washington right now. Fire department activity there could create serious delays.

6:55 A.M. Update:

A pedestrian was killed in an accident on I-270 South at Germantown Road earlier this morning, according to the Maryland State Police. The two right lanes and the exit to Germantown Road (exit 15) are blocked due to the accident and investigation.

The lane closures will last through the morning rush hour, according to the Maryland State Police. Drivers should avoid this stretch if possible.

6:45 A.M. Update:

The inner loop of the Beltway is slowing down around Gallows Road.

6:35 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-270 South continues to block one lane and one of the shoulders as well as the left merge lane before Germantown Road. Traffic is seriously jammed up as far back as Clarksburg and Hyattstown.

Eastbound I-66 is very slow at Sudley and Chain Bridge roads right now.

6:15 A.M. Update:

The lane closures on I-270 South continue due to a serious pedestrian accident at Germantown Road/MD 118. I-270 South is significantly backed up due to the accident investigation.

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 hear about any congestion, delays, problems or anything at all, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

It starts out chilly today, but it will wind up being a mild, breezy day, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

An accident on I-270 South before Germantown Road is blocking one southbound lane, one southbound left merge lane and one of the southbound shoulders.

Water main repairs at 34th and P streets NW and 35th and O streets NW are blocking those intersections and rerouting traffic to N Street NW. Expect additional congestion there.

For later this morning: The District Department of Transportation will continue pothole repairs on northbound I-295’s curb lane today through Friday (it was supposed to run through Wednesday but has been extended two days). The work will stretch from East Capitol Street to Benning Road in Northeast Washington. Work will be done from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., so watch out for delays along that stretch if you commute during that window.

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