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Posted at 06:34 AM ET, 11/04/2011

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8:50 a.m. Update: Traffic seems to be settling into its normal pattern. If you see a problem you want to share, e-mail transportation@washpost.com, or tweet @drgridlock.

8:32 a.m. Update: Post reporter Maggie Fazeli Fard reports with more on the earlier Beltway crash near Georgia Avenue where a driver was killed.

Fard writes that a driver traveling on the inner loop was killed after his car crashed into a tractor-trailer, authorities reported.

The accident occurred about 2:15 a.m., and police are still trying to determine the cause.

More details are available on the Crime Scene blog.

8:30 a.m. Update: Virginia and Maryland Beltway commuters both continue to experience delays. Much of the problem is due to volume, but in Virginia, a disabled vehicle on the Beltway near Gallows Road is contributing to the issues.

8:16 a.m. Update: Heavy traffic is being reported on I-95 south between Laurel and Silver Spring, continuing around the Beltway to the I-270 Spur.

8:14 a.m. Update: Heavy traffic reported around Whitehurst and M Street NW due to an earlier accident.

8:02 a.m. Update: D.C. Water reports that Kalorama Road between 18th Street and Ontario Road NW will be blocked along with the 2200 block of Champlain Street NW for the next two to three days due to water main repairs.

8 a.m. update: The regional traffic reporting center says lanes have reopened at Suitland Parkway and Firth Sterling.

7:50 a.m. Update: D.C. police report an accident on the 14th Street bridge outbound.

7:47 a.m. Update: Inbound Suitland remains blocked. traffic is being diverted to I-295, according to a report from WTOP.

7:45 a.m. Update: A disabled vehicle has been reported on I-270 southbound at the Falls Road exit.

7:40 a.m. Update: Twitter users are reporting delays on the Red Line, so be aware that you may have a longer wait for a train. However, Metro is not reporting any delays at this time.

7:36 a.m. Update: The Post’s Katherine Shaver reports on how state transportation officials are considering squeezing Purple Line trains and the Capital Crescent travel beneath Bethesda. A state official says he hasn’t seen anything like this done anywhere else. Read about it here.

7:30 a.m. Update: Suitland Parkway inbound is blocked at Firth Sterling due to an earlier accident.

7:29 a.m. Update: Transportation officials report the debris has been cleared from I-270 southbound near Quince Orchard.

7:25 a.m. Update: Several factors are contributing to delays on the Beltway around Interstate 66 this morning. Volume, a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the inner loop and an earlier accident are all helping to slow the ride. VDOT is reporting significant congestion this morning.

7:19 a.m. Update: If you’re heading across the American Legion Bridge this morning, the roadway looks good right now. There isn’t a lot of congestion in either direction.

7:14 a.m. Update: Watch out on I-270 southbound for debris in the roadway near Quince Orchard Road.

7:10 a.m. Update: Expect delays on Interstate 66 to begin easing as all lanes reopen and the crash is clear. However, normal volume will still keep the inbound ride slow. .

7:05 a.m. Update: It’s a slow ride into the heart of the District this morning on Connecticut Avenue. However, the problem seems to be caused by volume rather than any specific incident. Allow extra time if you’re headed in that way.

7 a.m. Update: In the news this morning, Post staff writer Dana Hedgpeth reports that Metro finally adopted some new station changes as it prepares a new map. What we’ve been calling New York Avenue Station (it’s actually name is longer) will become NoMa-Gallaudet U next year. Read about it here.

Accidents in the region have a heavy cost, almost $7.4 billion per year, according to this report from the Post’s Ashley Halsey III. However, per capita it’s less than the national average. Why? Because we spend so much time in congestion that slows us down. Read about it here.

6:58 a.m. Update: An overturned vehicle on I-95 north just south of Quantico will slow your ride north, according to Stafford County authorities. Delays are running about 15 minutes through that area.

6:57 a.m. Update: If you’re traveling westbound on the Intercounty Connector, watch out for a disabled vehicle in the westbound lanes near MD 97.

6:55 a.m. Update:The Virginia department of Transportation estimates that delays on I-66 may run up to 40 minutes.

6:49 a.m. Update: VRE, MARC and Metro all continue to report that service is good this morning, with no delays.

6:47 a.m. Update: An accident on I-95 in Stafford County has one lane closed and is also causing delays.

6:42 a.m. Update: It continues to be a slow ride on Interstate 66 eastbound. Traffic delays now extend five miles, to at least Route 28.

6:40 a.m. Update: A reminder that Metro plans to use free shuttle buses to replace trains between the Glenmont and Fort Totten stations on the Red Line this weekend.

The Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations are scheduled to be closed from 10 p.m. Friday through the train system’s midnight closing on Sunday.

Regular Red Line service is scheduled to operate between Shady Grove and Fort Totten, but buses will operate between the stations on the eastern end of the line.

Crews plan to rebuild track, renovate station platforms and replace communications cables.

Metro says riders using the shuttles should add 30 minutes to their travel time.

Orange and Blue line riders will also be affected by weekend delays.

Metro plans to single-track trains between McPherson Square and Foggy Bottom as crews perform rail work. The transit agency says riders should add 20 minutes to their travel time.

Original post: Good morning, commuters. It’s been a busy day for traffic already.

An accident on Interstate 66 eastbound just before the Beltway has one right lane blocked. Delays extend four miles because earlier two of the 3 lanes were closed.

An earlier accident involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV closed the inner loop at Georgia Avenue for several hours but reopened before the thick of the morning commute. A driver of an SUV was killed in that accident, according to Maryland State Police.

Overall, conditions around the area look good. Metro, MARC and VRE are operating normally at this time. Most of the roads appear to be flowing freely, with delays caused by the accident on I-66 persisting, along with slow travel on the outer loop at Silver Spring and U.S. 50 inbound from Maryland.

What are you seeing? Tweet traffic and transit news to @drgridlock.

For weather coverage, visit the Post’s Capital Weather Gang.

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