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Posted at 05:56 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Holiday in D.C. nixes weekday rush hour patterns

[This post has been updated]

8:45 A.M. Update:

Problems persist in Virginia:

— I-66 East is backed up at the Beltway while I-66 West is slow around Glebe Road.

— There’s congestion on I-395 North at King Street as well as on the inner loop of the Beltway at I-66.

— I-95 North is still sluggish approaching the Beltway.

And it’s Emancipation Day in the District, which means some changes for road patterns and parking restrictions. Read more after the jump.

8:20 A.M. Update:

The accident on Dickerson Road/MD 28 at Mouth of Monocacy Road is still blocking Dickerson Road in both directions.

8:05 A.M. Update:

Lots of backups in Virginia: There’s congestion on I-395 North at King Street as well as on the inner loop of the Beltway at I-66, I-95 North in Woodbridge and I-66 East at the Beltway.

7:35 A.M. Update:

The inner loop of the Beltway now has backups approaching I-66.

Similarly, I-66 East is backed up approaching the Beltway, with delays stretching quite a ways. Expect headaches on this roadway for a while.

7:10 A.M. Update:

The inner loop of the Beltway is backed up at Gallows Road.

The accident on Dickerson Road/MD 28 at Mouth of Monocacy Road is still blocking Dickerson Road in both directions.

6:45 A.M. Update:

I-95 North is slowing down around Woodbridge. As regular commuters know, once these delays start they seldom let up until rush hour has passed.

6:25 A.M. Update:

Eastbound I-66 is very backed up at Chain Bridge Road right now.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! For the final morning rush hour this week, the weather should be fine outside of some clouds and a breeze, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

We’ve also got Emancipation Day in the District, a holiday which closes the DC. Government (except for essential services). The traffic patterns will resemble a weekend or midday traffic pattern, as opposed to the usual rush hour patterns.

So expect two-way traffic on Canal Road as well as normal lanes (no reverse lanes) on Canal Road, 16th Street, Connecticut Avenue (all in Northwest) and Pennsylvania Avenue (in Southeast), according to the District Department of Transportation. However, Rock Creek Parkway will run the normal traffic in the morning and evening (south in the A.M., north in the P.M.).

There won’t be any tickets from the Department of Public Works for rush hour violations, expired meters and residential parking.

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, there’s an accident on Dickerson Road/MD 28 at Mouth of Monocacy Road, which is blocking Dickerson Road in both directions.

By  |  05:56 AM ET, 04/15/2011

 
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