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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Leesburg Pike lanes blocked; L'Enfant entrance closed

8:45 A.M. Update:

An accident on the eastbound Leesburg Pike at the Fairfax County Parkway is blocking all eastbound lanes and creating delays. Avoid the area.

The L’Enfant Plaza station’s entrance at 7th and D streets remains closed due to escalator issues. The other entrances are still open.

The Red Line has resumed normal service, according to Metro. Still, watch out for any lingering delays that could impact trains heading to Glenmont.

8:30 A.M. Update:

The Red Line has delays heading to Glenmont due to a train malfunction at Rhode Island Avenue.

8:15 A.M. Update:

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road has been cleared and the lanes reopened. There could be some lingering delays approaching that spot, so expect some congestion to hang around for a little while.

8 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on I-395 North at Duke Street is blocking the right shoulder.

7:50 A.M. Update:

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road is blocking the left two lanes and creating heavy delays.

7:35 A.M. Update:

The L’Enfant Plaza station’s entrance at 7th and D streets remains closed due to escalator issues. The other entrances remain open.

7:27 A.M. Update:

A Blue Line train heading from Virginia into downtown Washington just off-loaded passengers at Rosslyn due to a mechanical problem, according to the Post’s Doug Wong.

7:20 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on I-395 North just after the Springfield Interchange is blocking the right shoulder. Watch for potential delays.

7:10 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on I-395 South at King Street is blocking the right shoulder.

An accident on I-395 North at Washington Boulevard is blocking the northbound entrance ramp.

MARC Camden Line train 847 is boarding passengers on the opposite track at Savage.

6:55 A.M. Update:

MARC Camden Line train 845 is running 8 to 10 minutes late due to running around a CSX freight train at Dorsey.

A commuter reports that the Columbia Heights station went dark and that a station manager said power had gone down.

6:35 A.M. Update:

Power has been restored at the Georgia Avenue station, so escalators and elevators there should be working now.

6:23 A.M. Update:

Metro reports that normal service has resumed between the NoMa and Fort Totten stations. Watch for any lingering delays or residual problems stemming from the earlier delays.

6:20 A.M. Update:

All escalators and elevators are out of service at the Georgia Avenue station due to a power problem. The station remains open and bus service has been requested.

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.

An isolated shower is possible today, so even if it’s not likely, you should still bring an umbrella, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

So far:

— There are some lingering Red Line delays due to a problem earlier this morning. Due to track work near the NoMa stop that cleared up late, the beginning of service between the Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations was delayed.

The NoMa, Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations all opened late due to these delays. Third rail power was restored at about 5:44 a.m., according to Metro, allowing trains to run through this area. As a result, there will be some delays on the Red Line until around 6:20 a.m., per Metro.

— Another Metro headache: The L’Enfant Plaza station’s entrance at 7th and D streets is closed due to escalator issues. The other entrances remain open.

— Two MARC trains will be running with one fewer cars than usual this morning: Brunswick Line train 872 and Camden Line train 849. As a result, there could be overcrowding on the remaining cars of each train.

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