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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 08/31/2012

Keeping an eye on getaway traffic

4:45 P.M. Update: I-95 South clear in Springfield, Beltway snarled at several points

If you’re heading south for the weekend, you are in luck. I-95 South is remarkably clear south of the Beltway, though delays begin around Dale City and still persist until after Triangle.

The Beltway itself is pretty snarled at several points, most notably near Alexandria, on both sides of the American Legion Bridge, near the I-270 split and near the I-95 split on the northeast segment.

The Bay Bridge looks like a smooth ride with limited congestion right now.

I-95 North and the northbound B.W. Parkway are both pretty slow heading to Baltimore, so watch for the usual delays if you’re going that way on a Friday afternoon.

Safe travels, all!

2:45 P.M. Update: Heavier traffic on I-95 South in Virginia, eastbound U.S. 50 before Bay Bridge

Heavier traffic on I-95 South to the south of the Springfield Interchange is still moving, but there are definitely more cars on the road. Dale City to Triangle remains the slowest stretch of this roadway, so you know what you’re in for if you are heading south.

There’s also heavier traffic on eastbound U.S. 50 heading to Annapolis and the Bay Bridge. The bridge itself looks clear (for now, anyway).

I-270 north is barely moving north of Gaithersburg, with major jams approaching Fredericksburg and beyond.

1:15 P.M. Update: Delays on I-95 South near Dale City, B.W. Parkway after Beltway

Good news for those of you heading south for the weekend: Traffic is still pretty light on southbound I-95 just south of the Springfield Interchange and on through Lorton. The earlier delays around Occoquan have cleared up, but things slow down considerably around Dale City and until Dumfries and Triangle.

Traffic is picking up on the western end of the Bay Bridge, with more commuters than before but not an overwhelming amount. Things are still moving pretty smoothly there.

Heading north through Maryland, would it surprise you to learn that northbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway is slow after the Beltway? No, it would probably not surprise you. I-95 North is actually remarkably smooth from the Beltway on up to Baltimore, though congestion does increase when you get close to the Baltimore beltway.

12:15 P.M. Update: Traffic light on I-95 South near Springfield Interchange, Bay Bridge

Somewhat remarkably, southbound I-95 isn’t a disaster just south of the Springfield Interchange. Of course, it’s still early, and plenty of people leaving the office at lunchtime might change that.

Conditions get much slower around Lorton and Woodbridge, with traffic crawling near Occoquan. But things do clear up somewhat after that point, with easier conditions south of the Prince William Parkway. And things slow down again near Dumfries.

Things are also looking decent around the Bay Bridge, with traffic flowing smoothly on both sides of that route. But expect things to slow down there as we get into the afternoon and evening rush hour.

10:45 a.m.: Get Ready for Getaway Trafic

Plenty of people are heading out of town on Friday to get a head start on their Labor Day celebrations. If you’re driving today, you should be ready to encounter congestion no matter where you are heading.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the getaway traffic here, updating you on how things look on the major arteries away from the Washington area. Have you heard about any major traffic issues? Stuck in standstill traffic somewhere? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting @drgridlock. As always, please DO NOT text while driving.

9:15 A.M. Update:

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at Georgia Avenue is still blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

I-395 North remains snarled approaching Duke Street, where an earlier accident temporarily blocked all northbound lanes. All lanes are open again, but traffic is very slow stretching back to the Springfield Interchange. There are also significant backups on I-95 North approaching the interchange.

9:05 A.M. Update:

I-395 North has reopened at Duke Street, but massive gridlock remain in place back to the Springfield Interchange.

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at Georgia Avenue is now blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

8:50 A.M. Update:

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at Georgia Avenue is blocking two inner loop lanes and one of the shoulders.

An accident on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway/MD 295 at Greenbelt Road/MD 193 is blocking one northbound lane and one of the shoulders.

8:30 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-395 North at Duke Street is blocking all northbound lanes. Delays are building, and you should definitely avoid this route.

8:20 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on I-270 North after the W. Montgomery Avenue exit could cause problems there.

8:10 A.M. Update:

Metro reports that normal service has resumed on the Blue and Yellow lines, but watch for lingering delays or crowded platforms.

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before Colesville Road is blocking three lanes.

7:55 A.M. Update:

The single-tracking appears to have cleared up on the Blue and Yellow lines, but there are residual delays on those lines.

7:45 A.M. Update:

Trains are single-tracking on the Blue and Yellow Lines due to the disabled train at Braddock Road . Yellow Line trains are sharing a track between Braddock Road and Huntington, while Blue Line trains are using the same track between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street. Expect delays in both directions.

7:35 A.M. Update:

An accident on New Hampshire Avenue at Northampton Drive is blocking all northbound lanes and all but one southbound lanes. Avoid this roadway.

7:25 A.M. Update:

A disabled train at Braddock Road has created delays on the Blue and Yellow Lines to Franconia and Huntington, respectively.

A disabled vehicle on eastbound Landover Road at I-95 is blocking three lanes and the right on-ramp to I-95.

7:15 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at the B.W. Parkway exit could create headaches there.

7 A.M. Update:

All lanes have reopened on southbound MD 295 after Riverdale Road after the earlier accident. Heavy delays remain.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at Landover Road could create delays , though no lane closures have been reported yet.

An accident on I-395 South at Edsall Road is blocking the right shoulder.

6:40 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on I-395’s reversible lanes is blocking the right shoulder before King Street.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Little River Turnpike is blocking the right shoulder.

6:15 A.M. Update:

An accident involving six vehicles on southbound MD 295 after Riverdale Road is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

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 see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

The forecast calls for a lot of heat to take us into the holiday weekend, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

So far:

— A disablde vehicle on I-95 North in Woodbridge is blocking the left shoulder.

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