Inbound East Capitol Street closed due to oil leak

Crews worked to fix the oil leak on East Capitol Street through the early afternoon. Photo: Kendall Griggs

A portion of the inbound lanes of East Capitol Street SE at Southern Avenue will be closed for up to 18 hours while crews repair an oil leak in the area.

Oil began leaking early Friday afternoon on a stretch of East Capitol Street between 58th Street Northeast and Southern Avenue, causing the entire road to shut down for repairs.

MPD officials don't know how the leak began.

While the outbound lanes of East Capitol Street should reopen later Friday afternoon, the inbound lanes in the area will likely be closed well into Saturday, officials say.