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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Delays ease after outer loop accident in Virginia

3:25 p.m. Update: We’re now starting to see volume delays on the Beltway in Maryland. There may be some lingering effects from the earlier accident in Virginia, but as evening drive time begins the congestion is more akin to normal rush hour.

3:15 p.m. Update: Conditions continue to improve, although drivers from I-270 west on the ouuter loop may still experience residual delays due to the earlier accident in Virginia.

3:03 p.m. Update: There is definite improvement across the American Legion Bridge. Vehicles are no longer traveling bumper to bumper. The delays are worse east of there but drivers should be in the clear soon.

2:55 p.m. Update: Delays in Virginia are easing following the accident. All lanes of traffic are now open. However, the residual delays remain a problem across the American Legion Bridge into Maryland.

2:35 p.m. Update: Just the right lane is blocked now, according to regional transportation officials. However, delays remain a serious problem. A traffic camera at River Road shows slow movement.

2:21 p.m. Update: The delays in Maryland begin west of Interstate 270. Traffic slows dramatically near the River Road exit.

2:05 p.m. Update: According to the regional transportation center in Greenbelt, the two left lanes are getting by, but delays now extend more than five miles.

Traffic cameras in both Virginia and Maryland show a solid line of slow-moving vehicles crawling around the outer loop. For travelers in Maryland a better alternative may be to take the inner loop around to the Wilson Bridge and cross the Potomac there.

Original post: The outer loop is closed just before the Dulles Toll Road due to a multi-car accident, according to Virginia transportation officials. Backups currently extend about three miles, across the American Legion Bridge into Maryland.

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