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Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Expect some delays on P.M. commute

[This post has been updated. Most recent update: 5:30 p.m.]

The unyielding rain finally eased on Friday afternoon, giving way to blue skies and sun for the first time in days. If you’re still at work and making plans to head home, don’t be fooled: The evening commute could still be slow and tricky.

Flooding continues to block some area roads and train tracks, and more rain is possible through the evening. The commute home likely won’t be as nasty as it was this morning and over the last two nights, when flooding snarled the 14th Street Bridge, the Capital Beltway and othe key arteries. In case additional rain falls this afternoon and evening, drivers should expect more delays caused by slick roads and flooding.

As we’ve been saying all week, be extra careful when you head out. If you see a flooded roadway, don’t force your car through it. If you’re walking on steps or a train platform, be careful in case it’s still slick from the rain. Even if no rain falls tonight, you could still encounter delays due to this week’s rainy weather. Expect that your commute will take a little longer than usual and be patient out there.

No Metro delays or detours

There are no Metrobus or Metrorail detours expected for this evening, according to a spokesman for the transit agency. (For information on this weeke’s delays due to track work, head here.)

VRE remains shut down

There will be no Virginia Railway Express service this evening due to flooding on the tracks and water damage to the railroads.

MARC running on schedule

Metro will honor MARC tickets for Brunswick Line riders this evening. The Maryland Transit Administration reports that all MARC trains should be running on schedule tonight. (The Metro Option is only open for Brunswick Line riders because it was opened this morning.)

DASH service altered

DASH bus in Alexandria is not operating on Eisenhower Avenue between the Eisenhower and Van Dorn Metro stations. There is also no DASH service on Pickett Street between Duke and Van Dorn streets.

No Fairfax Connector detours

No detours are planned for Fairfax Connector buses this afternoon and evening.

Amtrak trains between Washington and Richmond/Newport News canceled

Amtrak has canceled all trains between Washington and Richmond/Newport News for Friday due to a track closure between Lorton and Alexandria, Va. No plan has been announced yet for the coming days. Check Amtrak.com for information (click on the “alert” tab near the top).

ROAD CLOSURES

Here are some road closures from Montgomery, Fairfax and Prince George’s counties. These are not all up-to-the-minute, but come from the most recent information that was available. We’re updating the closures as soon as we can.

Montgomery County roads closed.

[This list has been updated at 4:10 p.m.]

— River Road between Seneca and Violettes Lock roads (due to downed wires)

— Montevideo Road between River and Sugarland roads

— The River Road access road

— West Old Baltimore Road from Clarksburg to Ten Mile Creek roads

— The 13000 to 13600 blocks of Rileys Lock Road

— The 14200 block of Berryville Road

Fairfax County roads closed

UPDATE AT 5:25 P.M.: Most of the roadways that were closed early on Friday have reopened, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Earlier: The following roads were closed as of 1:30 p.m. on Friday. This is the most recent information available from the Fairfax County Police Department. Some of these roads could be reopened by the time you head home. It’s probably best to avoid them just in case, but that’s only a recommendation.

— Old Mill Road and Copper Road

— Swinks Mill between Old Dominion and Route 193

— Woodburn Road and Spicewood Drive

— Walker Road and Walker Mill Road

— Beach Mill Road between Utterback and Springvale Road

— Leigh Mill Road and Kelso Road

— Carpers Farm Way and Route 7

— Hunter Mill Road and Chamberlain Drive

— Beech Mill Road between Olympia & Goldsmith

— Browns Mill Road between Crowell and Beulah roads

— Hunter Station Road between Hunters Den and Hunter Mill

— Lorton Road between Windermere Hill and Furnace roads

— Birch Cliff Drive and Hampton Road

— Alban Road at Terra Woods Drive

— The ramps to and from Fullerton Road from northbound Route 7100

— Hooes Road at Whitlers Creek Court

— Lorton Road between Route 123 and Furnace Road

— Birch Cliff Drive and Hampton Road

— Alban Road and Rolling Road

— Miller Road and Westhurst Lane

— Fox Mill Road and Fox Mill Manor

— Lawyers and Hunter Mill and Galloping Way

Prince George’s County roads closed

UPDATE AT 5:48 P.M.The Prince George’s County Fair plans to open as planned at 5 p.m. on Friday, Miranda Spivack reports.

The following roads were closed as of 5:30 p.m. on Friday:

— Judges Drive, Upper Marlboro

— Governor Bridge Road, Bowie

— Baden-Naylor Road at Molly Berry Road, Brandywine

— McKendree Road at MD 373 and Mister Road, Brandywine

— MD 381, Mattawoman Drive to Missouri Avenue, Brandywine

— MD 717, North of MD 4/Water Street, Upper Marlboro

— MD 725, Between US 301 and Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro

The bridge over Rock Creek on Baden-Naylor Road, a 30-foot span concrete bridge,built in 1950, needs to be replaced, officials said. This will require a lengthy closure and rerouting of traffic.

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