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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012

GW Parkway reopens after accident injures 1

2:45 P.M. Update: The George Washington Parkway has reopened in both directions.

The closure occurred this morning after a single-vehicle crash, which ejected the driver, authorities said. He was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, according to Park Police.

The Arlington Now blog has photos from the scene.

2 P.M. Update: The northbound lanes remain closed. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, backups extend about 2 miles. Be alert for congestion on alternate streets, such as Route 1.

1:15 P.M. Update: The northbound lanes of the George Washington Parkway remain closed due to the investigation of a single-vehicle crash that occurred earlier this morning.

11:50 A.M. Update: The northbound lanes will reopen within the next hour, U.S. Park Police said. The accident was a single-vehicle crash, which ejected the driver from his car and left him with serious injuries. He has been transported to a nearby hospital.

11:20 AM. Update: Southbound lanes have reopened. The northbound lanes remain closed.

11 A.M. Update: The George Washington Parkway is closed, southbound at the access road for Reagan National Airport and northbound at Slaters Lane, according to the U.S. Park Police, following a serious crash.

Authorities warn that the closures will be lengthy as investigators reconstruct the accident. Drivers should use Route 1 as an alternate, including to access the airport.

8:40 A.M. Update:

I-95 North remains congested around the Newington area.

I-395 North is typically backed up for much of the stretch from the Springfield Interchange to the 14th Street Bridge.

One northbound lane was blocked in the 3100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, but it has just reopened.

8:20 A.M. Update:

Now the D.C. police are reporting that the disabled vehicle on northbound I-295 is at Firth Sterling Avenue SE and is blocking one lane.

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road is blocking the right shoulder.

8 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on I-395 North before Duke Street is still blocking the shoulder.

Congestion has eased on westbound U.S. 50 approaching the Beltway in Maryland. An earlier accident blocked all lanes and caused heavy delays, but the congestion has largely cleared up. Of course, if you are taking U.S. 50 west and beyond the Beltway into Washington, you’ll hit the usual heavy congestion once you enter the District.

I-95 North remains very, very clogged in Newington. Travel lanes are crowded back to Lorton. While it’s moving, it simply gets congested, so expect some delays due to the number of cars on the road.

7:45 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on the Sousa Bridge has been cleared and all inbound lanes are open. Expect residual delays.

A disabled vehicle on southbound I-295 near the Suitland Parkway is partially a lane, according to D.C. police.

7:30 A.M. Update:

An accident on northbound I-295 at Chesapeake Street is blocking the shoulder and not blocking any lanes, but it could cause minor delays if people slow down to see what’s happening.

A disabled vehicle on the inbound Sousa Bridge is blocking one lane, according to the D.C. police. Expect issues if you’re heading that way.

7:20 A.M. Update:

The accident in the 100 block of New York Avenue NE has been cleared and the left inbound lane reopened.

A disabled vehicle on I-395 North before Duke Street is blocking the left shoulder.

7:10 A.M. Update:

An accident in the 100 block of New York Avenue NE is blocking the left inbound lane.

7 A.M. Update:

Delays remain on I-95 North approaching the Fairfax County Parkway.

I-66 East is also pretty slow at Chain Bridge Road, though that’s just congestion.

6:45 A.M. Update:

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 after Martin Luther King Jr. Highway/MD 704 has been cleared from the shoulder. Again, heavy delays remain.

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway near G.W. Parkway is blocking the right shoulder.

6:35 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-95 North at the Fairfax County Parkway has been cleared. Delays remain approaching this spot.

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway after the G.W. Parkway has been cleared from the shoulder.

6:25 A.M. Update:

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 after Martin Luther King Jr. Highway/MD 704 has been cleared to the right shoulder. All of the main lanes have reopened, but heavy delays remain.

The 1200 block of Congress Street S.E. will be closed due to a shooting there, but traffic won’t be impacted, according to D.C. police.

MARC Brunswick Line train 880 is running two cars short this morning due to mechanical problems. All cars should be in service this afternoon, according to MARC.

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.

There will be a bit in the way of clouds and patchy fog this morning, according to the Capital Weather Gang. And in some areas, the roadways could still be slick and wet after Wednesday’s snow and rain, so watch out for that.

So far:

— An accident on westbound U.S. 50 after Martin Luther King Jr. Highway/MD 704 is locking all of the main lanes. Traffic only gets by on the shoulders. This is just east of where U.S. 50 hits the Beltway in Maryland.

— An accident on I-95 North at the Fairfax County Parkway is blocking the right two lanes and the right shoulder.

— A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway after the G.W. Parkway is blocking the right shoulder.

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By and Sylvia Carignan  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012

 
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