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Flooding in D.C. Jams 14th Street Bridge

by ARLnow.com — September 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm 4,488 16 Comments

(Updated 12:50 p.m.) The 14th Street Bridge is jammed heading into the District as flooding has blocked several major arteries into the city.

DDOT has reported the ramp to I-395 eastbound is closed at the 14th Street Bridge due to high standing water. Traffic is being directed onto 14th Street. As a result, major delays have formed across the bridge here in Virginia.

Traffic is moving very slowly approaching the bridge. Cars are backed up to Pentagon City on I-395, and police report that on-ramps in the area are also jammed. In fact, we’ve observed cars heading the wrong way on ramps to I-395 in order to get out of the backup. (See traffic camera image, above right.)

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the 14th Street Bridge if at all possible.

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  • Bluemontsince1961

    The commute home for those driving from DC to VA should be a real headache. They have my sympathies. What a mess!

  • nevermindtheend

    It’s the people coming into DC who will be screwed – southbound 14th Street should be fine (comparatively).

  • SimplyDusty

    I just got back to the office after driving through that eastbound. Diverted myself onto GW Pkwy N to Memorial Bridge and then backtracted through SW. Maine Ave ramp to 395 is closed FYI.

    I don’t know about west, but in the east direction, 395 is NOT closed at 14th St, just jammed because the 9th St tunnel is blocked.

  • what the…

    I just heard that ALL bridges in DC were closing due to standing water… Any truth to that?

    • NOVApologist

      I don’t know about ALL bridges, but I just heard the 14th St Bridge will be closed in both directions until further notice.

  • charlie

    is that a car from Maryland go DOWN the entrance ramp? I see no police presence so that is just NUTS. And we wonder why “accidents” happen — because they are COLLISIONS.

    • PikerShorts

      Bored at work, sitting here watching cars:
      1) Drive the wrong down the onramp to get off of 395NB
      2) Cruise down the shoulder and then cut everyone when there is no more shoulder to drive in illegally.

      People are so selfish. “I will not wait in this traffic like everyone else. I am more important.” or even worse “Screw this and anyone driving on the onramp. I am important enough that I will play chicken with oncoming UNSUSPECTING traffic driving up the onramp”

      • BoredHouseWife

        maybe they have to poop really bad.

        • jan

          That used to be my mother’s excuse whenever she was stopped for speeding

      • Sam

        That’s nothing, I got passed by a car ON A SIDEWALK in Chantilly on Tuesday. What is wrong with people?

  • G Clifford Prout

    Another union quality repair job there.

  • I. Newton

    How can an elevated roadway (I-395 eastbound in DC) be flooded? Does water not run down hill in DC?

    • http://www.exactcom.com.au/proofs/KombiPics/Wrecks/bayBushOvergrown.jpg Overgrown Bush

      Clogged road drains.

      • RonaldMcDonald

        Clogged? More like just filled with a s— ton of water..

    • CW

      It’s all the runoff from Donaldson Run.

  • charlie

    it appears the problem is really in DC in the underpasses on 395 at l’efant plaza and such.

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