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Southbound I-270 reopens after crash

Posted on: Monday 3/10/2014 8:07am

WASHINGTON -- All lanes of southbound Interstate 270 in Montgomery County have reopened after a crash caused delays for commuters Monday morning.

All lanes on southbound I-270 were blocked after Shady Grove Road, but before Md. 28 because of a crash that happened at about 5:50 a.m. All lanes reopened by 8:30 a.m.

Officials say that at least one person is injured.

Officials have not yet said what caused the crash.

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New flyover ramp connects 11th Street Bridge and SE-SW Freeway

Posted on: Thursday 3/6/2014 2:27pm

DDOT says crews will open a high-capacity flyover ramp that connects the 11th Street Bridge to the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway early Friday. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON -- After enduring years of painful morning delays along D.C. 295 and Interstate 295, a new connection for inbound drivers is expected to open at the 11th Street Bridge.

The District Department of Transportation says that construction crews will open a high-capacity flyover ramp that will connect the 11th Street Bridge to the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway early Friday.

On Thursday night, all access to the inbound main span of the 11th Street Bridge will be blocked to tie the new ramp into the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway. All lanes are expected to be open in their final configuration in time for the Friday morning rush hours.

The new ramp is expected to greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the recurring rush-hour delays that are the result of a temporary traffic pattern put into place to accommodate work on the $390 million bridge improvement project. The traffic pattern reduced from four to two the number of lanes able to cross over M Street SE, crimping the traffic flow.

Drivers had been using an old, structurally deficient flyover bridge to access to freeway. The old bridge connection will be closed permanently and scheduled for demolition after the new bridge opens to traffic.

Drivers destine for Capitol Hill and downtown areas will be able to use three of the four travel lanes on the 11th Street Bridge to access the Southeast-Southwest Freeway (I-695/I-395).

The new connection will further reduce delays resulting from vehicles weaving from lane to lane by splitting the right-center lane, allowing those drivers to either continue onto the freeway or take the ramp to M Street SE. A fourth lane will bear directly onto M Street SE.

In February, crews set the eastbound freeway into its final alignment by opening a brand new connection to outbound drivers.

Along with the inbound connection, both of these ramps will mark the first time all of the freeways linked by this pair of ramps will be able to travel at their full capacity.

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All lanes of Outer Loop reopen after multiple-vehicle crash

Posted on: Monday 2/24/2014 9:35am

WASHINGTON -- All lanes on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway have reopened in Prince George's County after a crash caused delays for Monday morning commuters.

A multiple-vehicle crash occurred on the Outer Loop at Md. 5/Branch Avenue (Exit 7) in Prince George's County at about 6:25 a.m. All lanes are open as of 10 a.m.

One of the vehicles involved was a propane truck.

Prince George's County Fire Department Public Information Officer Mark Brady says the crash trapped a woman in a vehicle. Emergency crews extricated the woman and transported her to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officials have not yet said what caused the crash.

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Mulit-vehicle crash closed I-95 in Stafford Co.

Posted on: Thursday 2/20/2014 1:37pm

UPDATE: Thursday - 2/20/2014, 1:58pm ET

WASHINGTON - All northbound lanes on Interstate 95 in Stafford County had reopened to traffic as of 2 p.m.

Drivers should expect residual delays.

The crash and lane closures caused a six-mile backup at one point and also diverted traffic onto U.S. Route 1, according to the WTOP Traffic Center.

The crash occurred after 11 a.m.

EARLIER: Thursday - 2/20/2014, 12:28pm ET

WASHINGTON -- The right lane of northbound I-95 north of Va. 610 in Garrisonville now gets by a crash involving a tractor-trailer and eight vehicles.

Susan Michlik, traffic information coordinator for the Virginia Megaprojects program, says emergency services are on the scene of the crash.

The WTOP Traffic Center recommends drivers find an alternate route.

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Police identify pedestrian struck and killed near Fort Belvoir

Posted on: Thursday 2/20/2014 12:25pm

WASHINGTON -- Police have identified the man struck and killed by a car on U.S. 1 near Backlick Road in Fairfax County early Thursday.

William Godfrey Jr, 68, of Alexandria, Va. died at the scene of the accident.

Fairfax County police say he was crossing the highway when a Honda Civic driven by a 58-year-old woman struck him around 5 a.m.

The driver was not hurt.

Police say it appears Godfrey had been drinking.

It does not appear that the driver was drinking or speeding, police say.

The investigation closed all lanes of northbound U.S. 1/Richmond Highway after Backlick Road/Fort Belvoir Tulley Gate during part of the morning commute. The lanes reopened but roads feeding into U.S. 1, including Beulah Road and Telegraph Road remained congested late into the morning commute.

ABC7 Photographer Brad Freitas tweeted this photo from the scene:

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Tractor-trailer crash cleared on Outer Loop

Posted on: Wednesday 2/19/2014 8:37am

WASHINGTON -- A crash involving a tractor-trailer has been cleared after it caused delays on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt Wednesday morning.

A tractor-trailer drove into the woods on the Outer Loop at MD-201 at about 2:45 a.m. The crash blocked the two right lanes of the Outer Loop and the exit ramp from northbound Kenilworth Avenue to the Outer Loop.

The Outer Loop lanes reopened at about 8:15 a.m. and the ramp from northbound Kenilworth Avenue reopened at about 8:40 a.m.

At one point, delays lasted more than 12 miles as a result of the crash.

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Flyover bridge unveiled in Southeast D.C.

Posted on: Friday 2/7/2014 8:59pm

A new on-ramp from 8th Street SE will allow traffic from the Barracks Row to merge onto the new bridge in the coming weeks. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON - A new flyover bridge on Interstate 695 was quietly unveiled by the District Department of Transportation on Friday in Southeast D.C.

The new bridge provides a smooth connection between the eastbound Southeast Freeway and the outbound span of the 11th Street Bridge.

The 11th Street Bridge Project, the District's largest road improvement project to date, is more than halfway complete. The new configuration sets the outbound side of the road in its final alignment on its approach toward the Anacostia River.

Additionally, a new on-ramp from 8th Street SE, pictured right, will allow traffic from the Barracks Row to merge onto the new bridge in the coming weeks.

Prior to Friday, eastbound drivers relied on a temporary traffic pattern, using a newly constructed inbound bridge. The inbound bridge is now closed. From the 11th Street Bridge, inbound drivers will continue to use an older flyover ramp to access the westbound Southeast Freeway.

DDOT hopes to have this ramp open within four to six weeks.

Chronic delays caused by the temporary traffic pattern have plagued morning commuters since the project began several years ago. By March, crews hope to have the freeway in its final alignment with a total of six lanes open to traffic.

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WTOP beefs up commuter news with new transit updates

Posted on: Wednesday 2/5/2014 5:19pm

WASHINGTON -- Washington's news, traffic, and weather authority, WTOP and, today announced the addition of hourly weekend Metro updates to serve area rail users and visitors.

The updates, which will include information on track work and delays for Metro, MARC, VRE and Amtrak, will air at four minutes past every hour weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is in addition to breaking transit information offered around the clock on WTOP as part of "traffic every ten minutes on the 8's."

"Weekends are a busy time for our listeners who use mass transit, and ironically, that's when the bulk of the track work takes place," says WTOP Traffic Director Jim Battagliese. "Our goal is to inform people with real-time rail updates as they're making weekend travel plans."

Metro is the second busiest transit system in the U.S., behind New York's subway system, averaging more than 700 thousand riders a day, and more than half a million weekend riders WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo says, "Metro riders deserve the same real-time information that D.C. area commuters have grown to depend on from the WTOP Traffic Center. This is the next step in our evolution as the region's traffic and transit information leader."

Rail riders can access minute-by-minute information by listening to 103.5 FM, by signing up for special text and email alerts on, and by following @WTOPtraffic on Twitter.

About WTOP WTOP Radio has served the Washington region since 1926 and has been Washington's all-news radio station since 1969. WTOP is the most widely listened-to radio station in the nation's capital. WTOP can be heard on 103.5 FM in the metro, 103.9 FM in Frederick, 107.7 FM to the South and West and worldwide at WTOP and its sister station Federal News Radio are owned and operated by Hubbard Radio, LLC.

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Chinese New Year parade street closures

Posted on: Sunday 2/2/2014 11:23am

WASHINGTON - Happy Chinese New Year! But not so happy if you're trying to get around before the Super Bowl.

The Metropolitan Police Department has a press release detailing the parade's route, duration and information on street closures.

Read the whole press release here.

The parade will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The following roadways will be closed to traffic:

  • (Start) 600 block of Eye Street, NW

  • West on Eye Street, NW

  • South on 8th Street, NW

  • East on G Street, NW

  • North on 7th Street, NW to H Street, NW

  • Pedestrians in parade will travel east on H Street, NW

  • Floats and vehicles in parade will travel north on 7th Street, NW and east onto Eye Street, NW and disband.

Road closures planned for State of the Union address

Posted on: Tuesday 1/28/2014 12:51pm

Road closures Jan. 28, 2014 (Capitol Police)
This map shows roads that will be closed starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 for President Obama's State of the Union address.

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress is set for 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the Capitol.

Some D.C. streets will be closed that evening for the State of the Union address. U.S. Capitol Police released the following list and map detailing what streets will be affected:

Restricted access: Capitol Square

The following area will be restricted to event credentialed and authorized pedestrians only beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014:

  • First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • Independence Avenue between First Street, SW and First Street, SE
  • First Street between Independence Avenue, SE and Constitution Avenue, NE
  • Constitution Avenue between First Street, NE and First Street, NW

Road closures The U.S. Capitol Police will put the following road closures (affecting vehicular traffic) into effect at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 and will lift these restrictions upon conclusion of the event:

North side of Capitol Square

  • D Street, NE between 2nd Street, NE & Louisiana Avenue, NW
  • C Street, NE between 2nd Street, NE & Louisiana Avenue, NW
  • Constitution Avenue between 2nd Street, NE & Louisiana Avenue, NW
  • Delaware Avenue between Columbus Circle & Constitution Avenue, NE
  • New Jersey Avenue, NW between Louisiana Avenue, & Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st Street, & 3rd Street, NW
  • East Capitol Street between 2nd Street, & 1st Street, NE/SE
  • 1st Street between Columbus Circle, NE & C Street, SE
  • 1st Street between Louisiana Avenue, NW & Washington Avenue, SW
  • 2nd Street NE between Constitution Avenue & East Capitol Street NE

South side of Capitol Square

  • Maryland Avenue, SW between 1st Street, & 3rd Street, SW
  • Independence Avenue between 2nd Street, SE & Washington Avenue, SW
  • C Street between 1st Street, SE & Washington Avenue, SW
  • Delaware Avenue between Washington Avenue, SW & C Street, SW
  • New Jersey Avenue between Independence Avenue, & D Street, SE
  • South Capitol Street between Independence Avenue & D Street, SE/SW

Capitol tours

Public and staff-led tours will be suspended at noon Tuesday. The Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) will also close at noon. However, visitors with gallery passes may continue to enter via the CVC main entrance.

The House Gallery will remain open until 5:30 p.m. or until House recesses, whichever is later. The Senate Gallery will remain open until 6:00 p.m. or until the Senate recesses, whichever is later. Tours will resume on a normal operational schedule on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

Tour buses

Tour buses will be allowed to drop off and pick up in Peace Circle and Garfield Circle until 4:30 p.m.

We appreciate the assistance of our law enforcement partners, event support personnel, and the community in working with us to manage this significant event. Due to road closures, we advise the public to prepare in advance for detours around the Capitol Square area. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconveniences in advance.

If there are any questions about this event, please contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.

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