Monitoring the Monday morning commute

November 5, 2012

Good morning, commuters! We’re going to be live-blogging the morning commute here, bringing you the latest in traffic and transit.

Make sure to let us know what you’re seeing. 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 predicts cold temperatures and plenty of sun, in a brisk repeat of Sunday’s weather. 

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MARC delays

MARC train 421 is running 15 minutes late, while train 880 is about 10 to 12 minutes behind schedule. 

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

Crash on inner loop at I-66

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at I-66 is blocking one of the shoulders. This spot is generally very congested during the morning commute, but watch for additional delays as traffic slows down near this accident. 

Dupont Bikeshare station not working properly

Capital Bikeshare commuters: The station on Massachusetts Avenue at Dupont Circle is having technical problems. Try the station at 20th and O streets NW instead.

I-66 East lanes reopen

The accident on eastbound I-66 at Chain Bridge Road has been cleared and the left lane and left shoulder reopened.

Crash on I-66 East

An accident on eastbound I-66 at Chain Bridge Road is blocking the left lane and left shoulder.

DC-295 lane reopens

The crash on southbound DC-295 after Benning Road has been cleared and all lanes are open again.

Crash blocking DC-295 lane

An accident on southbound DC-295 after Benning Road is blocking the left lane, police report. Stay to the right and expect delays.

Crash in Third Street Tunnel

A crash has been reported in the northbound Third Street Tunnel at the D Street exit, according to the D.C. police. Expect to encounter some delays.

MARC Brunswick Line delays continue

MARC Brunswick Line train 876 is now running 25 minutes behind schedule due to an earlier mechanical issue. Train 878 is also running about 15 minutes late due to the delayed train 876. 

Blue, Yellow Line issues resolved

Metro reports that the signal problem at National Airport has been resolved, so Blue and Yellow Line trains should be moving through that stop without a hitch. 

MARC Brunswick Line delay

MARC Brunswick Line train 876 is running 15 minutes behind schedule due to a mechanical issue.

Disabled vehicle on I-95 North

A disabled vehicle on I-95 North in Lorton is blocking the left shoulder. 

B.W. Parkway fully reopened

The crash on northbound B.W. Parkway after Laurel Bowie Road/MD 197 has been cleared and all lanes reopened. But heavy delays remain for northbound traffic, and you should expect those to linger for a while; head to I-95 North if you need to head that way. 

Blue, Yellow Line delays

Blue and Yellow Line riders could encounter minor delays near National Airport due to a signal problem, according to Metro.

I-270 South crash cleared

The crash on I-270 South before W. Montgomery Avenue has been cleared from the shoulder. Expect lingering delays due to the earlier lane closures. 

I-270 South lanes reopen

The crash on I-270 South before W. Montgomery Avenue is now just blocking the shoulder. The two southbound lanes have reopened. 

I-270 South lanes blocked

The crash on I-270 South before W. Montgomery Avenue is now blocking two southbound lanes. 

Crash on I-270 South

A crash on I-270 South before W. Montgomery Avenue is blocking one of the shoulders.

B.W. Parkway lanes still blocked

The crash on northbound B.W. Parkway after Laurel Bowie Road/MD 197 is still blocking one lane and one of the shoulders. Traffic can only get by in one lane. Delays have been steadily building on this route, so avoid it and head to I-95 North if you’re able. 

Inner loop fully reopened at American Legion Bridge

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway on the Maryland side of the American Legion Bridge has been cleared and all lanes reopen. However, heavy delays remain in place stretching back into Northern Virginia, so expect headaches if you’re just heading out.

Inner loop lane still blocked, delays building

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway on the Maryland side of the American Legion Bridge is now just blocking one inner loop lane and one of the shoulders. However, heavy delays are building at that spot and stretching into Northern Virginia.

Normal Orange and Blue Line service resumes

Metro reports that normal service has resumed on the Orange and Blue lines between Eastern Market and Stadium Armory. 

B.W. Parkway lanes blocked by accident

The crash on northbound B.W. Parkway after Laurel Bowie Road/MD 197 is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders. Traffic can only get by in one lane, so expect delays. 

Crash on B.W. Parkway

An accident on northbound B.W. Parkway after Laurel Bowie Road/MD 197 could slow traffic there. 

MARC crowding

MARC Penn Line trains 409, 408 and 421 will all run one car short due to mechanical issues stemming from Friday night’s commute. Expect this to lead to overcrowding on the remaining cars. 

The Maryland Transit Administration says a car will be added by Monday afternoon’s MARC service.

Orange and Blue Line delays

Orange and Blue Line trains are going to be delayed in both directions due to disabled track equipment near the Stadium-Armory stop.

Inner loop lanes blocked at American Legion Bridge

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway on the Maryland side of the American Legion Bridge is blocking two inner loop lanes and one of the shoulders. Expect heavy delays to build as drivers begin hitting the road. 

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