TRAFFIC ALERT: Accident on I-66 in Rosslyn Tunnel

by Katie Pyzyk June 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm 5,309 21 Comments

Update at 4:05 p.m. — All lanes of I-66 eastbound have been reopened.

An accident in the Rosslyn tunnel on eastbound I-66 is snarling traffic.

Police have re-opened eastbound I-66, after having shut it down at Spout Run for a while. Traffic is crawling past the accident via the left shoulder.

Initial reports suggest there are injuries, but so far there’s no word on how many people are involved or how severe the injuries.

Drivers are advised to avoid eastbound I-66 until the scene clears, which may take a while. There are also reports of traffic backups along Spout Run and Lee Highway, where traffic had been diverted earlier.

  • Elmer

    Wow. This Arlnow.com is really on top of things. And with pixs no less.

    • Brian K

      Pics from a traffic camera that anyone can access … trafficland.com if you are interested

  • Brian K

    I saw this one coming watching the traffic cams. Ramp to 110 was backed up due to construction, so sudden stoppage of traffic. Coming out of the tunnel, you wouldn’t see it if you were flying around. I said when looking at the cams, ‘there will be an accident there shortly.’

    • Elmer

      Good thinking.

    • drax

      That sucks! No warning signs?

  • Ben

    Oh boy! This commute is shaping up to be a hot mess, literally.

  • Brian K

    yep, with that earlier access on ramp to Penn Ave from 395, the 14th St Bridge is a hot mess too …. good luck getting to DC today (to myself included too). And with the heat, Metro is sure to have a breakdown soon too.

    • cyclist

      I’ll try not to cause any accidents while riding home today.

      (Or die of heat stroke).

      • WeiQiang

        … and stay out of the I-66 tunnels!

  • Not suprising

    The new electric line construction on Route 110 has closed one lane of Route 110 south towards the Pentagon during the afternoons for the past few weeks. A lot of near accidents have occurred in in this tunnel due to the long traffic backups from the construction. I almost got hit myself a few days ago by someone who wasn’t paying attention. Sounds like someone wasn’t too lucky today. VDOT or the contractor for the new electrical line would be advised to put up some sort of those blinking light trailers just before the Rosslyn tunnel to warn people of backups ahead during construction or this will only happen again.

    • Brian K

      Exactly what I said two posts above …. prehaps this will be a wake up call for the contractor on 110 or VDOT

    • MC 703

      That is a tough spot there with people flying out of the tunnel at 70+MPH (speed limit is 45 for exactly this reason) and cars are merging onto 66E on the right from Rosslyn while everyone is trying to get over to 110.

      • CrystalMikey

        Yeah, I hate trying to take the 110 exit.

      • Dude Where’s My Car

        agreed… it’s not just the abrupt lane changes, but the huge *variation* in speeds. You get some people doing 45-50 who suddenly SLOW DOWN to 30 because they don’t know whether they need to be 2 lanes over, combined with the people doing 60 because they know where they’re going and that’s the speed they at before entering the tunnel…

        sudden lane changes / short distance x huge standard deviation of speed = clusterfrak.

    • Dezlboy

      @Not suprising,

      Not paying attention? As in talking or texting? Grrrr. I’ve been rear-ended five times in past five years. All but one, the driver had cell phone in hand…..

      Once I was a red light driver says, “I just didn’t see you.” Duh?

      • Dude Where’s My Car

        Well, you know, just to rule out the possibility of having seen you, and then mashing the gas pedal to the floor out of uncontrollable rage.

  • Brian K

    3:43pm 66EB just reopened, however still down to just left shoulder in tunnel

  • Ballston View

    Back up now at Glebe exit.

  • Mack

    I heard some cyclist put up a couple of bollards in the tunnel.

    • Chris B

      sweet revenge!

  • Becoming indifferent

    I bet this wouldn’t have happened if there were streetcars.


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