Monitoring the Wednesday morning commute

October 17, 2012

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.

The Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for “a textbook gorgeous mid-October day.” Cool temperatures in the morning are followed by warmer, pleasant temperatures in the afternoon. 

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That’s it for the liveblog

We’re winding down our morning liveblog, but we will update this post once the streets in Southwest Washington have reopened. 

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9:49 A.M. Update: The suspicious package has been cleared and all lanes reopened.

Street closures remain in Southwest D.C.

A suspicious package at 12th and C streets SW continues to close multiple streets and intersections on and around 12th Street just south of the National Mall. Avoid the area. 

Crash at Alabama and Branch avenues SE

An accident on Alabama and Branch avenues SE is blocking southbound Branch Avenue and one lane on eastbound Alabama Avenue. 

Suspicious package closes streets in Southwest D.C.

UPDATE: The suspicious package is at 12th and C streets SW, according to police.

A suspicious package has closed the following streets along the southern side of the National Mall:

  • The 200 to 400 blocks of 12th Street SW
  • 12th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 12th Street SW and Maryland Avenue SW
  • 12th Street SW and C Street SW
  • 12th Street SW and Maine Avenue SW
  • 12th Street and Constitution Avenue SW [UPDATE: Added to the list]
  • 12th Street and D St SW [UPDATE: Added to the list]

These streets are closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. We have reached out to Metro to see if any stations are affected and will let you know when we hear back. [UPDATE: Metro says there is no impact on any Metrorail service or stations right now.]

I-395 North lane reopens

The accident on I-395 North at Edsall Road has been cleared. The northbound lane and shoulder have reopened. 

Accident at Florida and Rhode Island avenues NW cleared

The accident at Florida and Rhode Island avenues NW has been cleared and all lanes reopened, according to the D.C. police. 

Pennsylvania Ave. SE lanes reopen

The accident on Pennsylvania Avenue SE and Potomac Avenue has been cleared and all lanes reopened on Pennsylvania Avenue. 

Crash on outer loop before New Hampshire Ave.

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before New Hampshire Avenue is blocking one of the outer loop shoulders.

Eastbound Rhode Island Ave. NW blocked at Florida Ave.

The crash on Florida and Rhode Island avenues NW is now blocking eastbound Rhode Island Avenue at Florida Avenue. Avoid the area and expect heavy delays. 

I-395 North lane blocked at Edsall Rd.

The crash on I-395 North at Edsall Road is now blocking the right lane and right shoulder. Expect heavy congestion heading this way from the Springfield Interchange.

Accident at Florida and Rhode Island avenues NW

An accident on Florida and Rhode Island avenues NW could create delays for traffic approaching that intersection.

Pennsylvania Ave. SE lanes blocked by crash

An accident on Pennsylvania Avenue SE and Potomac Avenue is blocking two westbound lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue. Stay to the right and expect delays. 

17th Street NW fully reopens

The accident on 17th Street NW between D and E streets has been cleared and northbound 17th Street has been fully reopened.

Military Road NW reopened

The emergency repair work on Military Road NW at 42nd Street has been finished and the roadway reopened, according to the D.C. police.

Crash on I-395 North

An accident on I-395 North at Edsall Road is blocking the left lane and left shoulder.

Outer loop crash cleared in Md.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before University Boulevard has been cleared from the roadway. 

Commuter rail check: No Metro, MARC or VRE delays

There are no reported delays for Metro, MARC or VRE trains so far this morning. The main issue is for riders of MARC Brunswick Line train 880, which will run one car short this morning (and could have crowding on the other cars).

Northbound 17th Street NW partially reopens

Here’s an update on the accident on 17th Street NW between D and E streets: Two lanes have reopened on northbound 17th Street, according to police. 

 

Possible outer loop delays near University Blvd.

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before University Boulevard could create delays there.

17th Street NW blocked between D and E streets

An accident on 17th Street NW between D and E streets is blocking northbound 17th Street, according to police. Try using 15th Street as an alternate route.

I-95 North lane reopens in Dale City

The vehicle fire on I-95 North at Dale Boulevard in Dale City has been cleared and the left lane and left shoulder reopened. There are still some delays on I-95 North just north of this spot, so expect congestion.

I-95 North lane blocked in Dale City

A vehicle fire on I-95 North at Dale Boulevard in Dale City is blocking the left lane and left shoulder.

Potential MARC Brunswick Line crowding

MARC Brunswick Line train 880 will run with one fewer cars than usual due to a mechanical issue, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Expect crowding on the other cars.

Military Rd. NW closing for the next hour

Reminder: Military Road is closing in both directions at 42nd Street NW for the next hour for emergency repair work. Expect loads of traffic congestion on the east side of Friendship Heights.

Crash cleared from U.S. 50 in Md.

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Kenilworth Avenue has been cleared and the westbound lane and shoulder reopened.

Crash on U.S. 50 in Md.

An accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Kenilworth Avenue is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

MD-295 lanes reopened

An accident on southbound MD-295 before Good Luck Road was blocking the left lane and left shoulder, but it has been cleared and the lanes reopened.

Part of Military Rd. NW closing on Wednesday morning

As Dr. Gridlock reported on Tuesday, the District Department of Transportation plans to close a chunk of the heavily traveled Military Road NW for an emergency repair this morning.

Military Road will be closed in both directions at 42nd Street NW for about an hour beginning at 6:15 a.m. The work is scheduled to take an hour and, despite the early start, it is likely to cause a lot of traffic congestion on the east side of Friendship Heights.

Try and avoid driving near this area if you can help it.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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