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Posted at 06:16 AM ET, 09/08/2011

Water slows Thursday A.M. commute

8:40 A.M. Update:

I-395 North remains a big, big headache for commuters right now. An accident before the 14th Street Bridge is blocking the two center lanes. Heavy delays stretch all the way back to the Springfield Interchange.

All lanes of Washington Boulevard remain closed in Arlington between George Mason Drive and Harrison Street due to a large tree down in the roadway. That should remain closed well into the day, so avoid that route.

An accident has closed MacArthur Boulevard at Stable Lane in Potomac.

Traffic signals are reportedly flashing at New Mexico and Nebraska avenues as well as at 7th and S streets, both in Northwest Washington.

One of the inner loop shoulders remains blocked before the Rockville Pike, stemming from an earlier accident there.

Remember, flooding and standing water will remain problems for commuters this morning and into the afternoon. If you encounter standing water, don’t try to force your car through it; turn around and find another route. Roads, sidewalks and train station platforms will continue to be wet and slippery this morning, so be extra cautious out there.

8:20 A.M. Update:

All inner loop lanes have now reopened before the Rockville Pike. One of the shoulders remains blocked.

8:05 A.M. Update:

Massive delays remain on I-395 North from the Springfield Interchange to the 14th Street Bridge. Again, avoid this route.

One of the inner loop lanes has reopened before the Rockville Pike. One lane and one of the shoulders remains blocked.

There’s a disabled vehicle in the 3700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, so expect some delays around there.

7:50 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-395 North before the 14th Street Bridge is blocking the left and right center lanes now. If you haven’t left yet, definitely avoid this route.

7:35 A.M. Update:

The left center lane remains blocked on I-395 North before the 14th Street Bridge. Traffic on the bridge itself isn’t that bad, but there are very heavy backups along the entirety of I-395 North approaching this spot.

An accident on I-95 North in Woodbridge is blocking the left shoulder and left lane.

7:30 A.M. Update:

The following roadways are closed in Prince George’s County, according to the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation:

— Sunnyside Avenue at Edmonston Road in Beltsville

— 6700 Glenn Dale Road in Glenn Dale

— Old Baltimore Avenue at Edmonston Road in Beltsville

— Croom Station Road and the bridges in from both directions in Upper Marlboro

— Governor Bridge Road in Bowie

— Brock Ridge Road in Laurel

— Contee Road and Mayfair Drive in Laurel

— Van Dusen Road and Old Gunpowder Road in Laurel

— South Springfield Road and Accokeek Road in Clinton

— The 1700 block of Brandywine Road in Brandywine

— Floral Park Road and Windbrook Drive in Clinton

— Judges Drive in Upper Marlboro

— Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro

7:10 A.M. Update:

The earlier accident on the inner loop of the Beltway is still blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders at Rockville Pike.

An accident on I-395 North near the 14th Street Bridge is blocking the left center lane. There are already delays on I-395 North approaching the bridge.

7 A.M. Update:

Route 110 has reopened in both directions at the Memorial Bridge.

6:55 A.M. Update:

All lanes of Route 110 are closed at Memorial Bridge due to high standing water. The exit from eastbound I-66 to southbound Route 110 is also blocked.

Drivers to the south of this area, your best bet is taking G.W. Parkway instead. Drivers to the north of this, or anybody west of Rosslyn who would generally head this way to get into D.C., just stay north of it and take the Key Bridge into Washington instead.

6:50 A.M. Update:

Beach Drive is closed between Knowles Avenue and Stoneybrook Road as well as between East-West Highway and Porter Street NW.

There’s debris on southbound U.S. 301 at Marlboro Pike, which could cause delays there.

6:35 A.M. Update:

All lanes of Washington Boulevard are closed in Arlington between George Mason Drive and Harrison Street due to a large tree down in the roadway. Avoid that route for the foreseeable future.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! Wednesday’s rain was problematic enough for travelers, but the water will continue to cause problems into Thursday morning’s rush hour. There will be some additional rain today as well, but flooding and standing water will continue to slow commuters on the roads and rails alike. Add some extra time to your commute, because as we have seen all week, rain invariably causes problems and delays for travelers.

Remember: Don’t try and force your car through a flooded roadway. If you come to a flooded spot in the road, turn around and find an alternate route.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, 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.

So far:

An inner loop accident before Rockville Pike is blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders.

Brighton Dam Road is closed between Boardly Road and New Hampshire Avenue in Brookeville right now while the Montgomery County Fire Department makes a water rescue.

Debris in the road on I-270 South to the south of Old Hundred Road could cause delays there.

High water could slow westbound travelers on Norbeck Road at Avery Road in Rockville.

Croom Road is blocked in both directions at Croom Station Road in Upper Marlboro by standing water.

U.S. 1 remains blocked in both directions at Ritz Way in Baltimore due to high water.

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