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Lanes reopen on I-95 NB in Pr. William, severe delays remain

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 8:04am  ET

WASHINGTON -- Delays remain on Interstate 95 northbound heading into D.C., though all lanes have now reopened.

Crews had to close all but one lane on I-95 at Prince William Parkway between mile markers 156 and 160 for emergency road construction early Wednesday morning.

"I think we should assume it's going to be a very tough morning," Joan Morris, a Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson, said earlier. "We've lost the morning rush hour."

Morris recommended northbound commuters use any alternative method of getting to work on Wednesday, such as public transportation, a rideshare or simply waiting to leave until later.

VDOT lifted the HOV lane restrictions on I-95 and I-395.

The emergency construction became necessary after a new pavement failed that crews installed Tuesday night.

VDOT doesn't know why the pavement failed or if the recent rain played a role.

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