Partial Building Collapse Closes New York Ave.

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Officers stand outside of a partially collapsed building on New York Avenue in northwest D.C. (credit: Jim MacKay/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Officers stand outside of a partially collapsed building on New York Avenue in northwest D.C. (credit: Jim MacKay/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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UPDATED: June 11, 2014 7:05 a.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW) — The partial collapse of a building on New York Avenue in northwest Washington is creating nightmarish traffic conditions for Wednesday morning’s rush hour.

All westbound lanes of were shutdown around 11 p.m. Tuesday when officials were alerted to the deteriorating building conditions. Police were able to all but one lane of traffic at North Capitol Street shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The lingering closure has created unusually heavy congestion and drivers are being encouraged to seek alternate routes or take public transportation. Officers are helping to direct traffic at First Street and New York Avenue, according to WNEW reporter Jim MacKay.

One floor of a building in the 100 block of New York Avenue suffered a partial collapse around 11 p.m. Tuesday, authorities say.

Eastbound traffic is not impacted by the collapse.

All-News 99.1 WNEW is the only radio station to provide traffic and weather together every five minutes all day every weekday and every 10 minutes on nights and weekends. Lisa Baden and Julie Wright bring you “Beltway-To-Beltway Traffic” exclusively on All-News 99.1.

Check traffic on your route before heading out on the road.

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