Monitoring the Monday morning commute

October 22, 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 lovely weather all week, beginning with Monday’s pleasant temperatures and clear skies. 

And don’t forget: Metro reopened the southern entrance to the Dupont Circle station on Sunday, more than eight months after that entrance was closed so the three escalators could be replaced. 

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That’s it for our morning liveblog. Safe travels!

Crash cleared from I-66 West

The crash on westbound I-66 at U.S. 50/Lee Jackson Highway has been cleared from the left shoulder. Heavy delays still linger for westbound traffic. 

Crash on I-395 North

An accident on I-395 North at Edsall Road is blocking the right shoulder and could lead to delays. 

I-66 West lanes reopen, delays remain

All lanes have reopened on westbound I-66 at U.S. 50/Lee Jackson Highway. The accident there, which was blocking the left three lanes and left shoulder, is now just blocking the left shoulder. Heavy delays still remain for westbound traffic, stretching back beyond Chain Bridge Road.

Blue/Orange delays continue

Blue and Orange Line delays continue as a result of the earlier signal problem outside McPherson Square. Expect issues in both directions.

Blue/Orange Line delays

Blue and Orange Line trains may encounter delays stemming from a signal problem outside McPherson Square.

I-66 West lanes still blocked at U.S. 50

The accident on westbound I-66 at U.S. 50/Lee Jackson Highway is still blocking the left three lanes and left shoulder. Delays stretch back to Chain Bridge Road.

Commuter trains: Minor VRE delays, no MARC/Metro delays

VRE train 330 is running a few minutes behind schedule, while there are no reported delays for MARC, Metro or any other VRE trains. 

I-66 West lanes blocked at U.S. 50

An accident on westbound I-66 at U.S. 50/Lee Jackson Highway is blocking the left three lanes and left shoulder. Expect major delays.

Van Dorn Street lane blocked

An accident on Van Dorn Street is blocking the southbound right lane and right shoulder at the Kingstowne Village Parkway.

Fairfax County Parkway lane reopened, shoulder blocked

The accident on the northbound Fairfax County Parkway at the Fair Lakes Parkway is now just on the left shoulder. The left lane has reopened. Expect delays to linger due to the earlier lane closure.

Inner loop crash cleared

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway before Ritchie-Marlboro Road has been cleared. 

Fairfax County Parkway lane still blocked

The accident on the northbound Fairfax County Parkway at the Fair Lakes Parkway is still blocking the northbound left lane and left shoulder. 

Accident on inner loop in Md.

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway before Ritchie-Marlboro Road could create delays there. No lane closures have been reported yet, but watch for issues.

Crash on Fairfax County Parkway

An accident on the northbound Fairfax County Parkway at the Fair Lakes Parkway is blocking the northbound left lane and left shoulder. 

Reminder: Dupont Circle’s southern Metro entrance reopened

In case you missed it: Metro reopened the southern entrance to the Dupont Circle station on Sunday. The entrance closed more than eight months ago so the three escalators could be replaced, forcing travelers to trek to the north entrance. Dr. Gridlock has more on why this escalator replacement was particularly tricky.

Accident on I-95 North before Springfield Interchange

An accident on I-95 North before the Springfield Interchange is blocking the right shoulder and could create delays there. 

I-66 East crash cleared from shoulder

The accident on I-66 East at Lee Jackson Highway (exit 57) has been cleared from the left shoulder. Congestion is still slowing eastbound traffic. 

VRE delays continue

VRE train 302 continues to run 10 minutes behind schedule. 

I-66 East jammed

I-66 East is very backed up approaching Chain Bridge Road, with much heavier congestion than usually spotted at this part of the morning commute. This likely stems from the earlier lane closure at Lee Jackson Highway, which had blocked one eastbound lane. The lane has reopened, but lingering delays continue for traffic slowed by that closure. 

VRE delays

VRE train 302 is 10 minutes behind schedule this morning due to track work. 

Crash on I-95 North

An accident on I-95 North in Woodbridge is blocking the right shoulder.

I-66 East lane reopened, shoulder blocked

The accident on I-66 East at Lee Jackson Highway (exit 57) has been moved to the left shoulder; the left center lane has reopened.

I-66 East lane blocked

An accident on I-66 East at Lee Jackson Highway (exit 57) is blocking the left center lane. 

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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