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Monitoring the Friday morning commute

ALERT: The inner loop of the Beltway has partially reopened between Old Georgetown Road and the Rockville Pike.

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 says the day could begin with some lingering wetness, so watch for potential rain during your morning commute. 

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And that’s it for the morning liveblog! We will have updates on Dr. Gridlock when the inner loop of the Beltway fully reopens. Safe travels. 

One inner loop lane remains closed near Rockville Pike

One inner loop lane remains closed near the Rockville Pike as a result of the earlier tractor trailer accidents. Traffic can still move in two lanes and while there appear to be some delays, things are moving in the area. The lane remains blocked as crews continue to clean up from the earlier crashes, which blocked the inner loop for much of the morning commute.

I-270 South lanes reopened

I-270 South has fully reopened at W. Montgomery Avenue. Expect residual delays in both directions. 

I-270 South: One lane still closed

The accident on I-270 South at W. Montgomery Avenue is now just blocking one southbound lane and one of the shoulders. Expect southbound delays due to the crash and northbound delays due to rubbernecking. 

I-270 South lanes remain blocked

The crash on I-270 South at W. Montgomery Avenue is still blocking three southbound lanes and one of the shoulders.

MARC Penn Line delays persist

Problems continue for MARC’s Penn Line this morning. Train 421 is running 23 minutes late. Train 419 ran about 25 minutes behind schedule. Train 517 was also delayed for about 15 minutes by Amtrak congestion, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. 

Crash on I-270 South now blocking three lanes

The crash on I-270 South at W. Montgomery Avenue is now blocking three southbound lanes and one of the shoulders.

Lane blocked on I-270 South

An accident on I-270 South at W. Montgomery Avenue is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

I-395 North lanes reopened before Third Street Tunnel

All lanes have reopened on I-395 North just before the Third Street Tunnel, per the District Department of Transportation. Again, expect to encounter delays heading this way following an earlier crash that blocked multiple lanes and snarled traffic. 

I-395 North crash still blocking one lane before Third Street Tunnel

The accident on I-395 North just before the Third Street Tunnel is now just blocking the right lane, according to the District Department of Transportation. Still, expect to encounter heavy delays heading this way. 

Two inner loop lanes reopened

The left two lanes have both reopened on the inner loop of the Beltway near Rockville Pike, according to the Maryland State Police. Only the right lane and both shoulders remain blocked as crews continue to clean up after the tractor trailer accidents earlier this morning.

The right lane could reopen by 8:30 a.m., police report. 

I-395 North lanes blocked before Third Street Tunnel

An accident on I-395 North just before the Third Street Tunnel is blocking three lanes, creating heavy delays for traffic heading that way. Backups stretch to the 14th Street Bridge. Stay to the left and expect problems. 

Crash on outer loop after Georgia Ave.

An accident has been reported on the outer loop of the Beltway after Georgia Avenue. No lane closures have been reported yet, but watch for delays.

One inner loop lane reopened

One lane has reopened on the inner loop of the Beltway between Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike. The other lanes remain blocked due to the tractor trailer accidents that blocked the inner loop so far this morning. Expect massive delays to remain as traffic squeezes through the one open lane. 

Rain could create additional headaches

Rain has moved into the Washington region, just like the Capital Weather Gang predicted. This rain could create additional headaches for commuters heading out, so make sure you leave extra time for your trip to work. Roads, sidewalks and outdoor train platforms will be slick, so use caution no matter how you commute. 

MARC Penn Line trains delayed, moving

MARC Penn Line train 404 is on the move and left the Bowie area 20 minutes behind schedule. Train 419 is also going to run about 20 to 25 minutes late leaving Baltimore.

These delays stem from a disabled Amtrak Acela train near Bowie. MARC train 404 had to hold while the Amtrak riders switched to another train, the Maryland Transit Administration reported. 

MARC Penn Line delayed by disabled Amtrak train

MARC Penn Line train 404 is going to be delayed for an undetermined amount of time due to a disabled Amtrak Acela train near Bowie. The MARC train has to wait for the Amtrak riders to transfer to another amtrak train, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Penn Line train 419 will likely also face delays as a result of this.

Inner loop closed in Md., expect major delays

The inner loop of the Beltway remains closed between Old Georgetown Road and the Rockville Pike due to accidents involving two tractor trailers. Drivers are being diverted onto I-270, but major delays remain as more and more traffic builds approaching this spot. If you can, avoid the inner loop entirely, and watch for delays that will build up on I-270, Democracy Boulevard and other surrounding roads. 

Crash cleared from outer loop in Va.

The accident on the outer loop at the Springfield Interchange has been cleared from the right lane and right shoulder

Crash cleared from U.S. 50 at Prosperity Ave.

The crash on eastbound U.S. 50 at Prosperity Ave. has been cleared and all lanes reopened. 

Outer loop lanes reopen at Connecticut Ave.

The crash on the outer loop of the Beltway at Connecticut Avenue has been cleared and the lanes reopened.

Fairfax County Parkway lanes blocked in Burke

An accident on the Fairfax County Parkway at Lee Chapel Road in Burke is blocking the southbound right two lanes and right shoulder. 

Outer loop lanes blocked Connecticut Avenue

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at Connecticut Avenue is blocking the left two outer loop lanes. Expect heavy delays. 

MARC Brunswick Line delays

MARC Brunswick Line train 870 has been running at least 25 minutes late this morning. Train 890 is running ahead of it and will make stops for train 870, so expect overcrowding on train 890. Train 870’s delays stemmed from a power issue that has been resolved, so there shouldn’t be any additional delays, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. 

Metro is honoring tickets as a result of these delays. 

Crash on outer loop in Md.

And now there’s also a report of an accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at Connecticut Avenue. No lane closures are reported yet, but watch for potential delays. 

Accident on outer loop in Va.

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Springfield Interchange is blocking the right lane and right shoulder. 

Crash on eastbound U.S. 50

An accident on eastbound U.S. 50 at Prosperity Avenue is blocking the right lane and right shoulder. 

Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.

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