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Posted at 06:11 AM ET, 08/24/2011

Monitoring the Wednesday morning commute

9:15 A.M. Update:

An accident on westbound VA-110 is blocking the left lane near the ramp to I-66 West.

Delays persist on the outer loop of the Beltway near Eisenhower Avenue. Things have eased up considerably from earlier this morning, but it’s still slower than usual there.

Traffic is flowing much more smoothly on South Capitol Street at the Suitland Parkway.

The outer loop of the Beltway is a bit congested near Connecticut Avenue, but it’s nothing too worrisome right now.

I-270 South now looks clear heading to the Beltway.

The inner loop is jammed up east of New Hampshire Avenue, while eastbound I-66 is heavily backed up approaching the Beltway.

8:45 A.M. Update:

Things have cleared up somewhat on southbound I-270 before the Beltway. Cars are moving slowly but smoothly through this area, which earlier this morning was heavily jammed.

There is also heavy traffic on the Beltway around the American Legion Bridge, but at least things are moving.

Traffic is also progressing very slowly on South Capitol Street at the Suitland Parkway.

8:30 A.M. Update:

Delays have eased a bit on the outer loop of the Beltway at Telegraph Road. There’s still congestion, but it’s not as bad as it was earlier this morning.

Traffic is backed up on the 14th Street Bridge heading into the District, but delays don’t stretch back as far as they usually would at this point in the morning commute.

8:15 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-95 North at the Prince William Parkway has been cleared and the left lane and shoulder reopened.

The outer loop of the Beltway is still pretty congested approaching Telegraph Road.

8 A.M. Update:

An accident at 8th and Monroe streets in Northeast Washington is going to cause traffic problems there. Avoid that intersection.

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at the Dulles Toll Road is now only blocking the left shoulder.

The accident on I-270 South at the Beltway has been cleared from the shoulder.

7:50 A.M. Update:

The accident has been cleared from the left shoulder of the I-95 reversible lanes at the Fairfax County Parkway.

7:35 A.M. Update:

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at the Dulles Toll Road is blocking the through lanes and left shoulder.

7:30 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-270 South at the Beltway has been moved to the shoulder. There are still very heavy delays for southbound traffic approaching the spur.

An accident on I-95 North at the Prince William Parkway is blocking the left lane and left shoulder.

7:20 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-270 South at the Beltway is blocking one southbound lane.

The accident on the outer loop at Telegraph Road has been cleared and the lanes reopened, but heavy congestion remains for traffic heading this way from the Springfield Interchange.

An accident is blocking the left shoulder of the I-95 reversible lanes at the Fairfax County Parkway.

7:05 A.M. Update:

The single-vehicle accident on I-270 North to the north of Shady Grove Road has been cleared and the two local lanes and both shoulders reopened.

7 A.M. Update:

The reversible lanes have reopened on the outer loop of the Beltway at Telegraph Road.

6:55 A.M. Update:

The reversible lanes remain blocked on the outer loop of the Beltway at Telegraph Road. As a result, there are pretty heavy delays on the outer loop stretching beyond the Eisenhower Connector and Van Dorn Street to the Springfield Interchange.

An accident on I-270 South at the Spur might severely snarl traffic there.

6:40 A.M. Update:

The single-vehicle accident on I-270 North to the north of Shady Grove Road continues to block two local lanes and both shoulders.

6:25 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-270 North to the north of Shady Grove Road is now blocking both local lanes and both shoulders.

Two reversible lanes are blocked on the outer loop of the Beltway at Telegraph Road right now.

6:20 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-270 North to the north of Shady Grove Road is blocking one local lane and one of the shoulders.

Original Post:

In the wake of Tuesday’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake, many people won’t be heading to work on Wednesday. The federal government is allowing workers to take unscheduled leave or telework, while numerous area schools and landmarks are closed.

But for those of you who still need to get to work, we’ll be here monitoring the commute all morning. Many transit agencies are back to normal for Wednesday’s morning rush. We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails, reporting any delays or issues. 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.

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