Route 198 in Laurel reopened after power pole problem

Updated at 11:08 a.m.

Officials said Route 198 in Laurel has reopened after it was closed between Van Dusen Road and 11th Street. The road was closed because of an earlier incident where a power pole was down because of high winds.

In Montgomery, police continue to direct traffic along parts of New Hampshire Avenue because of earlier power outages.

Original post at 7:07 a.m.

Some roads in the region are closed or have police directing traffic Thursday morning because of power outages caused by high winds.

Route 198 between Van Dusen Road and 11th Street in Laurel is shut down in both directions because of a downed power pole, authorities said.

 

It was not immediately clear how long the roadway would be closed. Police have blocked the road with orange cones. Crews were on the scene to deal with the power pole.

 

In Montgomery County, police were directing traffic at New Hampshire Avenue and Route 198 and at New Hampshire Avenue and Route 108 because power outages in the area meant traffic lights weren’t working. A tree fell on a house in the 12300 block of Sandalwood Lane in Silver Spring, leading to a power outage in that area. No one was injured.

No empty tractor trailers or box trucks were allowed on the Bay Bridge Thursday morning because of the winds, and vehicles on the bridge were restricted to no more than 40 miles per hour.

On Wednesday night, there was a ground stop at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport but that was lifted Thursday morning.

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Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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