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Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 05/13/2011

Power restored around National Mall

11:05 A.M. Update:

Pepco says the power has been restored to the area around the Lincoln Memorial.

Spokesman Bob Hainey says the power was back as of about 10:30 a.m. Friday. He said power, and the lights on the memorial, were knocked out about 9:45 Thursday night when a construction crew working in the area of 22nd street and Constitution Avenue accidentally cut a power cable. Power was temporarily restored at 10:55 p.m. Thursday, but was shut off at 12:16 a.m. so permanent repairs could be made.

— Michael E. Ruane

8:35 A.M. Update:

There are still power outages near the Mall, according to the D.C. Fire Department. Remember to drive carefully on and near the Mall and treat all dark intersections as four-way stops.

An accident reported at Branch and Alabama avenues in Southeast could slow traffic there.

There’s a disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at the exit for Georgia Avenue.

Delays persist on eastbound I-66 (at the Beltway and Sudley Road) and northbound I-395. The backups on the 14th Street Bridge are really slowing traffic around the new work zone on the bridge and causing heavy delays on I-395 North stretching back to King Street.

8:20 A.M. Update:

Drivers can expect to hit delays on I-66 East at the Beltway and Sudley Road.

I-395 North is also pretty backed up around Washington Boulevard.

7:55 A.M. Update:

There’s a disabled vehicle in the northbound 3rd Street Tunnel near the D Street exit.

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway has been cleared from the shoulder at Rockville Pike.

7:30 A.M. Update:

An accident on Dupont Circle near where P Street and New Hampshire Avenue hit the circle could cause some delays there. Try to avoid the circle if you can.

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway is now only blocking one of the shoulders at Rockville Pike. The outer loop lane has reopened.

The disabled vehicle on eastbound U.S. 50 at the Beltway has been cleared.

7:05 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Rockville Pike.

There’s also a disabled vehicle on eastbound U.S. 50 at the Beltway.

Some traffic signals are also out on Lee Highway by Spout Run, according to the Post’s Melissa McCullough.

6:40 A.M. Update:

The power outage has darkened the western end of the Mall near the Lincoln Memorial, taking out lights on the Mall and on some surrounding streets, Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey told the Post’s Justin Jouvenal. The outage stems from construction workers cutting an underground cable Thursday night. Power should be restored by 10 a.m.

There is a disabled vehicle on the ramp from northbound I-395 to Maine Avenue.

6:15 A.M. Update:

The traffic signals are out on the Mall due to a power outage. Drivers should be very careful in this area and remember to treat all dark intersections as four-way stops.

6:10 A.M. Update:

The traffic signals are out all around the Mall because of a power outage, according to Alert DC.

Traffic lights are also flashing nearby at the intersection of 19th Street, C Street and Virginia Avenue in Northwest.

And an accident has been reported on the northbound 14th Street Bridge, which won’t help congestion there.

6:05 A.M. Update:

Traffic signals are reportedly out or flashing at multiple intersections around the Mall, according to the District Department of Transportation.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! Temperatures remain comfortable, but the string of lovely days comes to an end today as cloudy skies arrive, according to the Capital Weather Gang . There’s also the potential for rain this morning and again later tonight.

We’ll be keeping tabs on any headaches, issues or problems we hear about on the roads this morning. Let us know anything you see out there — tell us in the comments below or via Twitter (@DrGridlock).

So far:

The new work zone on the northbound 14th Street Bridge caused some congestion Thursday morning. Drivers should remember that the work zone could slow drivers coming from the northbound George Washington Parkway and heading for 14th Street. Some tips:

- If you’re heading to 14th Street, get to the left as soon as possible. The left two lanes can take you to 14th Street.

- The left-center lane can also lead you to the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. (That lane offers a choice between 14th Street and the freeway.)

- The left-center lane, along with the two right lanes, can keep you on I-395.

The inner loop lanes that closed in Silver Spring that began last night should be reopened for commuters this morning.

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