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Posted at 05:59 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Obama visit to Arlington to affect traffic

10:35 A.M. Update: President Obama is scheduled to visit a firehouse in Arlington Friday morning. Officials warn that drivers should expect road closures in the vicinity of South Hayes Street, the location of Arlington County Fire Station 5.


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From experience, we all know that presidential motorcades can have widespread impacts, let alone what happens when authorities block off surrounding streets due to an appearance.

Expect impacts on South Fern, South Joyce, 15th and other roads.

Officials say traffic should be back to normal after noon. Meanwhile, it might be best to avoid the area if you can.

9:20 A.M. Update: Have something to report? Share it in the comments below. Have questions? E-mail transportation@washpost.com or tweet @drgridlock.

8:35 A.M. Update:

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway east of Connecticut Avenue is now just blocking the shoulder. The outer loop lane has reopened.

The accident on westbound I-66 at Chain Bridge Road is still blocking the left shoulder, while the accident on eastbound I-66 at Chain Bridge Road is also still blocking the right shoulder there.

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road has been cleared from the shoulder.

An accident on I-95 South just south of the Springfield Interchange is blocking the right shoulder.

8:20 A.M. Update:

The accident on Firth Sterling Avenue at Suitland Parkway has been cleared and the inbound lane on Suitland Parkway reopened, according to D.C. police.

8:10 A.M. Update:

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway east of Connecticut Avenue is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

An accident on westbound I-66 at Chain Bridge Road is blocking the left shoulder. An accident on eastbound I-66 at Chain Bridge Road is also blocking the right shoulder there.

The earlier disabled vehicle on westbound I-66 at that spot has been cleared.

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road is blocking the left shoulder.

7:55 A.M. Update:

Issues persist for MARC’s Camden Line: Train 844 is running 10 to 15 minutes late due to the late arrival of equipment from train 845, which was delayed by a mechanical issue. Train 842 is also running 10 minutes late.

A disabled vehicle has been reported in the northbound Third Street Tunnel, according to the D.C. police.

The disabled vehicle has been cleared from the right shoulder of the outer loop after G.W. Parkway.

7:40 A.M. Update:

Lots of disabled vehicles on the Beltway in Virginia this morning. The latest: Another disabled vehicle on the right shoulder of the outer loop after G.W. Parkway.

There’s also a disabled vehicle on westbound I-66 at Chain Bridge Road on the right shoulder.

Debris on southbound Pennsylvania Avenue at Silver Hill Road is blocking the two southbound left turn lanes.

7:20 A.M. Update:

An accident on Firth Sterling Avenue at Suitland Parkway is blocking one inbound lane on Suitland Parkway, according to D.C. police.

MARC Camden Line 845 has left Baltimore running 54 minutes behind schedule and will run express service to Washington. Metro will honor MARC tickets.

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at Gallows Road has been cleared from the shoulder.

7:10 A.M. Update:

Now there’s a disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at Gallows Road blocking the left shoulder.

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at I-66 is blocking the right shoulder.

7 A.M. Update:

MARC Camden Line train 845 is having mechanical issues in Baltimore. Train 847 is operating on schedule and ahead of train 845, but expect overcrowding on train 847 as it takes on passengers from train 845.

6:45 A.M. Update:

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at the ramp to Arlington Boulevard has been cleared from the ramp.

Delays remain on the inner loop approaching Arlington Boulevard and Gallows Road.

6:35 A.M. Update:

The 600 block of O Street NW is now open after being closed earlier this morning, according to the D.C. police.

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at Gallows Road has been cleared from the right shoulder.

6:20 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at I-66 has been cleared from the right shoulder.

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway after G.W. Parkway has also been cleared from the shoulder.

Now there’s a disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at Gallows Road, and it’s blocking the right shoulder.

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.

The morning commute should be sunny and calm, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

So far:

— An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at the ramp to Arlington Boulevard is blocking the right side of the ramp.

— A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at I-66 is blocking the right shoulder.

— Another disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway is blocking the right shoulder after G.W. Parkway.

— And remember: The southern escalators at the Dupont Circle Metro station are closed for the next nine months so they can be replaced. Expect heavy crowding at the north entrance on Q Street.

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