Commuters should expect delays Wednesday morning along New York Avenue coming into the District.

The westbound lanes of New York Avenue near North Capitol Street NW were closed early in the morning but reopened just before 6 a.m. All eastbound lanes remained open. Authorities said there was a “high level of traffic” and commuters should avoid the westbound lanes.

The road problems were caused by one floor of a building in the 100 block of New York Avenue where part of a wall collapsed Tuesday night at a house under construction, officials said.

The collapse was caused by a basement excavation, said a spokesman for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Timothy J. Wilson, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire Department, said the building was under construction.

Neighboring buildings did not appear to be compromised, but their residents were being evacuated “out of caution,” said the DCRA spokesman, Matt Orlins.

Crews were on the scene to determine the condition of the building and the roadway in front of it.

 

 

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