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Nightly road repairs start on George Washington, Clara Barton parkways

Much-needed road repairs are scheduled to begin Tuesday night on two major commuter routes: the northern end of the George Washington Parkway and the Clara Barton Parkway.

The National Park Service said drivers should expect single-lane closures each evening, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., to accommodate the roadwork.

In Virginia, the work on the George Washington Parkway will be done between Chain Bridge Road — also known as Va. 123 — and the Capital Beltway. In Maryland, work on the Clara Barton Parkway will happen between the Chain Bridge and MacArthur Boulevard.

“We’re working this fall so the parkways are ready for winter driving,” said Superintendent Charles Cuvelier in a news release. “Even though this work won’t address the entirety of either road, it’s part of the National Park Service’s long-term plan to maintain and eventually reconstruct both the George Washington Memorial and Clara Barton parkways.”

In 2016, the park service developed plans to bring the roadways — which were both originally called George Washington Parkway until the Barton parkway’s renaming in 1989 — up to modern design standards.

“The NPS will continue to compete for federal grants that would fund the North Section Parkway Rehabilitation Project,” which would reconstruct the road, improve overlooks, rehabilitate the parkway’s stone walls and improve road drainage, said Cuvelier.

The park service and Federal Highway Administration continue to work to repair the sinkhole near Dead Run. A northbound lane of the parkway was closed from March through September after the sinkhole caused the road to give way.

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Serious crash closes Inner Loop/I-95 ramp at Springfield interchange

Police continue to investigate a serious crash on a ramp from the Capital Beltway’s Inner Loop to Interstate 95 in Springfield, Virginia.

All lanes on the southbound ramp remain blocked after a crash around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Virginia State Police called the incident a hit-and-run, but did not provide details on how many vehicles were involved nor how many people were injured.

An aerial image from WTOP’s news partners at NBC Washington showed first responders near a motorcycle.

Below is a map of the area. For the latest road and traffic conditions, see WTOP’s traffic page.

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This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP.com for the latest.

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Highway hero averts disaster at Springfield interchange

Adrian Guziewski’s Saturday shift started like any other. But less than an hour into his 12-hour patrol, Guziewski suddenly became the only thing standing between a despondent woman and a life-ending fall through the Capital Beltway’s Springfield interchange.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation received a call for pedestrians walking on the Beltway near Interstate 395. Guziewski, a safety service patrol operator, was the closest employee to the incident.

From Van Dorn Street, Guziewski made his first pass through Springfield on the Inner Loop, finding nothing. After an about-face at Braddock Road, he turned south on the Outer Loop. It was then that he spotted a trio of people on the right shoulder above the I-395 mainline.

A passerby who had stopped at the scene quickly guided Guziewski toward a woman; her back facing traffic, her hands gripping the concrete wall, her head facing downward toward the roar of the heavy highway traffic below.

“He got out of the car and she was trying to climb up the jersey barrier on the bridge,” said Ellen Kamilakis, spokesperson for VDOT.

Without blinking, the highway help truck driver did more than just help. Guziewski managed to swiftly grab the woman and bring her off the wall. She struggled in his arms, attempting to climb the wall again.

“He pulled her back and he kept saying to her, ‘Please, you don’t want to do this. Please, you don’t want to do this. Please, come with me,” Kamilakis said.

He gently brought her back on the right shoulder again. With one free hand, he keyed his radio, relaying the exact location to the operations center as Virginia State Police raced to the scene.

Troopers arrived within minutes, some positioning below the overpass, ready to stop interstate traffic as a matter of safety. In October 2017, a 12-year-old boy jumped from an overpass above I-66. A driver below, Marisa Harris of Olney, Maryland, was killed. The boy sustained life-threatening injuries.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue services arrived on scene and conducted a mental evaluation. The woman was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. According to initial reports, there was no vehicle found near the scene.

One by one, the responders departed. Guziewski resumed the rest of his long shift, with an eye out for debris, disabled vehicles and more routine roadside hazards.

“He’s actually quite humble about it,” Kamilakis said. “To have something like that happen and then to just go about your shift the rest of the day just like you’ve just simply changed a tire is simply amazing.”

To Guziewski, the woman was not a tire. She was a human being. Perhaps it was his prior experience as a police officer in Poland that kicked in. Perhaps it was simply his capacity for good.

Kamilakis said Guziewski was not available for comment on Sunday because he was at work, diligently patrolling the Beltway between Springfield and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, doing his best to keep the public safe.

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Tractor trailer crash, fire complicates Beltway traffic around Alexandria

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Members of Virginia Task Force 1 arrive in Los Angeles for the training exercise. (Courtesy Virginia Task Force 1)

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Members of the task force broke through heavy concrete to practice reaching trapped victims. (Courtesy Virginia Task Force 1)

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Members of Virginia Task Force 1 and a similar team from Los Angeles County worked together on a complex high-angle rescue simulation. (Courtesy Virginia Task Force 1)

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Members of Virginia Task Force 1 and a similar team from Los Angeles County worked together on a complex high-angle rescue simulation. (Courtesy Virginia Task Force 1)

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Members of Virginia Task Force 1 worked to extricate a victim trapped under industrial equipment. (Courtesy Virginia Task Force 1)

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Members of Virginia Task Force 1 working in a confined space. (Courtesy Virginia Task Force 1)

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Members of Virginia Task Force 1 rescue a “victim.” (Courtesy Virginia Task Force 1)

One week after an overturned tanker caused a nightmarish commute around D.C., another big incident on the Beltway caused headaches Thursday afternoon.

Traffic on the Capital Beltway had been stopped due to a tractor trailer crash and fire between exits 173 (Van Dorn) and 170 (Springfield) in Alexandria.

The tractor trailer struck the jersey wall on the Inner Loop sometime around 1:35 p.m. and spilled part of its cargo onto the Outer Loop lanes, according to a statement from the Virginia Department of Transportation. That cargo of insulation then caught fire, Virginia State Police said. The driver is safe.

As of 4:25 p.m., all travel lanes had been reopened and the cleanup was finished, but it was still slow around the scene.


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Earlier, VDOT warned that the impacts could be felt into the rush hour. “Consider remaining at work or home or staying off of the interstate. Commuters should avoid the area and seek alternate routes,” they said in a statement.

Some listeners affected by the incident shared their perspectives with WTOP, and it was about what one would expect.

“I was sitting in bumper-to-bumper for a half-hour — like standstill … nothing,” said one.

Another listener had been stuck since 2:10 p.m. “We are inching along, but at least we’re not sitting anymore,” she said.

Metro added cars and trains to the Blue Line to accommodate commuters affected by the crash.

The incident comes exactly one week after an overturned tanker blocked the Inner Loop near the American Legion Bridge and disrupted traffic for over 13 hours.

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Car goes off Beltway ramp into retention pond in Prince George’s Co.

WASHINGTON — A man was taken to the hospital early Saturday morning after escaping from a car that went off a Capital Beltway ramp into a retention pond in Maryland.

Around 4 a.m., the Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to a retention pond off the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway, near the Landover Road exit.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the car was already 80 percent submerged in the pond.

The driver was able to climb out of the vehicle on his own, before the car sunk below the waterline. The driver suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Members of the Prince George’s County Fire Department and the Howard County Fire Department used a sonar/water robot to make sure no one else was in the water.

The ramp to the Beltway was shut for several hours.

Below is a map of where the incident occurred:

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You shall not pass: McLean residents, VDOT debate plans to block cut-through traffic

McLEAN, Va. — For residents who live in the area of Georgetown Pike and the Capital Beltway, congestion from cars using their neighborhoods as a cut-through can leave them trapped in their driveways. While all agree a solution needs to be found to alleviate the issue, a plan on the table is receiving mixed reviews. The plan involves closing the Georgetown Pike on-ramp to the Inner Loop of the…

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Driver in deadly hit-and-run crashed into car parked on Beltway shoulder

WASHINGTON — Police are questioning a suspect after a fatal hit-and-run Wednesday night on the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Maryland State Police said a Mazda Miata was parked on the right shoulder of northbound Interstate 495 in the area of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, apparently because the driver was having car trouble. Investigators believe the driver of a Nissan…

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