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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/20/2012

I-66 reopened at Nutley Street, but massive delays remain

8:30 A.M. Update:

Though I-66 East has reopened at Nutley Street after the earlier lane closures, traffic remains a nightmare approaching this spot. There are delays on I-66 East pretty much from Centreville on through to Nutley Street, so expect to sit in some slow traffic if you are heading that way.

There appears to be another accident on I-66 East at Nutley Street, this one blocking the left shoulder, though it’s unclear if this is in any way related to the earlier accident or if it’s something else. Either way, that could cause traffic to slow down passing that spot.

The disabled vehicle on Columbia Pike/U.S. 29 at Burnt Mills Avenue in Silver Spring continues to block one northbound lane and one of the shoulders.

An accident on I-270 North at Democracy Boulevard could cause delays there, but no lane closures have been reported.

8:25 A.M. Update:

An accident on South Capitol and Chesapeake streets SW is blocking one southbound lane on South Capitol Street.

8:17 A.M. Update:

And there’s more! Traffic appears to be moving in all lanes on I-66 East at Nutley Street now, as all of the vehicles that had been blocking lanes have been cleared.

Massive, miserable delays remain for I-66 East approaching this spot, but at least all lanes are open and moving again.

8:15 A.M. Update:

The fire truck that was blocking the center lane on I-66 East at Nutley Street has just pulled away. The left lane is still the only lane open, but other lanes could potentially reopen soon.

The disabled vehicle on Columbia Pike/U.S. 29 at Burnt Mills Avenue in Silver Spring continues to block one northbound lane and one of the shoulders.

8 A.M. Update:

The situation on I-66 East near Nutley Street remains the same: The left lane gets by, the other lanes are blocked and there are very heavy delays approaching this spot.

7:40 A.M. Update:

The accident on 17th Street and Bladensburg Road NE has been cleared and the northbound lane reopened.

The disabled vehicle on Columbia Pike/U.S. 29 at Burnt Mills Avenue in Silver Spring is blocking one northbound lane and one of the shoulders.

7:35 A.M. Update:

Traffic cameras confirm that the right three lanes remain blocked on I-66 East at Nutley Street. The left lane is still open.

There is still massive congestion approaching this spot. There is also a very steady stream of traffic trying to get off of I-66 East at the exits before Nutley Street, so if you are trying to get that way (to avoid this mess or because you normally head that way), expect to encounter delays there as well.

7:30 A.M. Update:

The accident on eastbound I-66 near Nutley Street is blocking the right three lanes, with the left lane still open, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Traffic on eastbound I-66 starts to slow down after the Fairfax County Parkway, so expect a solid stretch where you will be inching forward.

Meanwhile, an update for MARC Brunswick Line riders: All Brunswick Line trains are actually running on schedule, save train 892 (which is seven minutes late), according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

7:25 A.M. Update:

An accident on 17th Street and Bladensburg Road NE is blocking one northbound lane, per the D.C. police.

7:20 A.M. Update:

An accident on eastbound I-66 is blocking all lanes after Nutley Street, according to a reader.

A disabled vehicle on Columbia Pike/U.S. 29 at Burnt Mills Avenue in Silver Spring is blocking one northbound lane.

A wire is down on 32nd Street at Stephenson Place NW. The 3200 block of Stephenson Place is closed right now, according to D.C. police.

7:10 A.M. Update:

Once again, all MARC Brunswick Line trains are going to be delayed by at least 8 to 10 minutes. This is due to speed restrictions imposed by CSX, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

Arlington Transit reports that ART buses on route 42 are running 10 minutes late due to congestion.

7 A.M. Update:

The funeral procession is now reportedly on southbound G.W. Parkway in Virginia, so the entire thing appears to have moved off of the Beltway.

The thunderstorm is near downtown Washington right now, moving into Capitol Hill in the next 15 minutes, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

The earlier police activity on the outer loop of the Beltway after the exit for U.S. 1/Baltimore Avenue has been cleared.

Another note on Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II : Flags will be lowered in Maryland today in memory of Marchanti.

6:45 A.M. Update:

A thunderstorm is moving through downtown Washington in the next 30 minutes, according to the Capital Weather Gang. It will also affect Arlington, Alexandria and western Prince George’s County.

6:30 A.M. Update:

Metro reports that normal Red Line service has resumed outside of the Silver Spring station.

6:25 A.M. Update:

A funeral procession for Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II of Baltimore could impact traffic this morning as it moves from Baltimore to Arlington Cemetery.

The procession is expected to reach the Capital Beltway between 6 and 6 a.m., according to the Maryland State Police. The procession will then head west on the Beltway to the American Legion Bridge, cross into Virginia and exit the Beltway onto G.W. Parkway en route to Arlington Cemetery.

Watch out for added traffic and potential delays along this span of the Beltway and on G.W. Parkway.

Marchanti was one of two U.S. officers shot and killed last month at the Afghan Interior Ministry. He was a teacher at a Baltimore County elementary school before being deployed by the Maryland Army National Guard.

6:10 A.M. Update:

There are delays on the Red Line in both directions due to an earlier signal problem outside of Silver Spring.

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

The first day of spring brings more of the warmer temperatures we’ve enjoyed lately, along with morning clouds and morning fog, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

So far:

— Police activity on the outer loop of the Beltway after the exit for U.S. 1/Baltimore Avenue could slow traffic there. No lane closures have been reported so far.

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