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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/04/2011

New pattern on 14th Street Bridge

9:10 A.M. Update:

An accident at Vermont and L streets in Northwest Washington could slow traffic around that spot.

The traffic signals are also reportedly flashing at 2nd Street, Rhode Island Avenue and Seaton Road in Northwest.

A disabled vehicle on 16th Street near K Street in Northwest could also cause issues; the direction is unknown, but delays in either direction could also slow traffic moving the opposite way.

An accident on the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge could also cause headaches for travelers there. The direction is unknown, but expect issues.

8:45 A.M. Update:

The traffic signals are reportedly flashing near the intersections of 4th Street, Rhode Island Avenue and Florida Avenue in Northwest. They are also reportedly flashing where Rhode Island Avenue meets 3rd Street.

There’s a disabled vehicle on 14th Street at Independence Avenue. Expect delays there.

The inner loop of the Beltway has reopened before Georgia Avenue.

8:20 A.M. Update:

There’s an accident on the inner loop of the Beltway before Georgia Avenue. One lane and one of the shoulders are blocked.

8 A.M. Update:

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at I-66 has been cleared and the lane reopened. There are still pretty heavy backups approaching this spot.

There’s also a disabled vehicle on 4th and E streets in Northeast Washington.

7:45 A.M. Update:

There’s a disabled vehicle at New York Avenue and N Street in Northeast Washington. Expect issues around this intersection.

7:25 A.M. Update:

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at I-66 is blocking the left lane.

7:15 A.M. Update:

A lot of commuters heading out this morning are going to find a new setup on the 14th Street Bridge. Drivers heading north on the bridge will find half of the left center lane on the north end of the bridge blocked off due to construction. This will lead to extra congestion on the bridge as well as for northbound traffic on the G.W. Parkway in Virginia.

The Post’s Dr. Gridlock recommends drivers use the far left lane. If you approach from the left two lanes, you won’t need to change lanes to go to 14th Street. Traffic is splitting around a construction island, but the two left lanes continue accessing 14th Street. This being a new pattern, you can expect there to be some delays and hiccups as people adjust.

If you’re in the far left lane but want to head to the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, just move right as soon as you are safely able to do so. You’ll have less time to make that move, but you should still use caution. The right three lanes on the bridge can access that freeway.

This new phase, the sixth of eight construction phases, is scheduled to last six to eight weeks. All the reconstruction work on the bridge deck surface is scheduled to be done this fall.

7:05 A.M. Update:

The inner loop of the Beltway is slow at Gallows Road.

I-395 North is still congested at Seminary Road as well as approaching the 14th Street Bridge.

6:45 A.M. Update:

I-395 North is congested around Seminary Road.

6:20 A.M. Update:

The accident in the 3rd Street Tunnel has been cleared and the South Capitol Street exit reopened.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! We’re in for a warmer day today, with temperatures reaching up to the high 70s. We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about. Let us know anything you see out there — tell us in the comments below or via Twitter (@DrGridlock).

So far:

An accident in the 3rd Street Tunnel is blocking the South Capitol Street exit. All traffic is being diverted to southbound I-395.

By  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/04/2011

 
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