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Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Inner loop to close nightly in Springfield

3:50 p.m. Update: The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the inner loop of the Capital Beltway at the Springfield Interchange tonight from 9 p. m. until 5 a.m. The closures are scheduled nightly through Thursday. Plans also call for a closure Friday night from 9 p.m. to 7 a,.m.

Officials said detours will be in effect at Exit 170B that will add 15 to 20 minutes to trips. Crews are demolishing an old ramp, painting and completing new bridge work, they said.

3 p.m. Update: Northbound Telegraph Road is scheduled to close Monday night at 9 p.m. The closure, part of the last phase of work on the Wilson Bridge project, is expected to last until 5 a.m.

A detour will be in place. Drivers should take the ramp to Eisenhower Avenue to Eisenhower eastbound ,to the traffic circle, to Holland Lane, to Duke Street. Ramps from the Beltway to northbound Telegraph Road will also be closed.

8:35 A.M. Update:

The 1300 block of Harvard Street NW remains closed in Columbia Heights due to police activity. Expect delays approaching the area and try using Columbia Road instead.

A young pedestrian was struck on Stanton Road and Alabama Avenue SE.

West Church Road is closed near West Holly Avenue in Sterling due to an accident.

8:20 A.M. Update:

The 1300 block of Harvard Street NW is blocked due to police activity. Try using Columbia Road instead.

The accident on the Dulles Greenway/VA 267 near the Loudoun County Parkway has been cleared and all lanes reopened.

8:05 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the eastbound Leesburg Pike near the ramp to I-66 is blocking the right shoulder.

7:50 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Annapolis Road has been cleared from the shoulder.

An accident on the Dulles Greenway/VA 267 near the Loudoun County Parkway is blocking the right shoulder.

7:35 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Annapolis Road is still blocking one of the shoulders. The right acceleration lane has reopened.

A tractor trailer accident on eastbound I-66 before Chain Bridge Road is blocking the right shoulder.

The earlier accident on eastbound I-66 at the Beltway has been cleared from the right shoulder.

7:20 A.M. Update:

The inner loop of the Beltway is very congested before I-66.

I-395 North is slowing down before Duke and King streets in Alexandria.

7:05 A.M. Update:

An accident on eastbound I-66 at the Beltway is blocking the right shoulder.

A reader reports that an accident on the inner loop at Braddock Road is on the left shoulder and not blocking any lanes.

6:55 A.M. Update:

MARC riders: The ticket machine is out of service at Gaithersburg. One way and round trip tickets may be purchased on the train without any penalty, but remember you have to use cash.

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Annapolis Road is still blocking the right acceleration lane and one of the shoulders.

6:30 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Annapolis Road is blocking the right acceleration lane and one of the shoulders.

The accident on northbound MD 295/B.W. Parkway before Annapolis Road/MD 450 has been cleared and all northbound lanes reopened.

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.

We’re in for an absolutely lovely day, weather-wise, according to the Capital Weather Gang. It’s going to be sunny and a bit windy, with temperatures likely rising from the 40s to the 60s. There will be some showers later.

Remember, because clocks sprang forward early Sunday morning, the sun will be rising an hour later this morning. Since commuters may have lost an hour of sleep, be careful and watch out for drowsy drivers when you’re out on the road today.

So far:

— An accident on northbound MD 295/B.W. Parkway before Annapolis Road/MD 450 is blocking one northbound lane and one of the shoulders.

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