Portions of the upper-level roadway adjacent to Terminals B and C at Reagan National Airport will be closed beginning Monday, causing severe congestion and disrupting quick departures for thousands of airline commuters.
Although at least two lanes will be open at all times, the closure will trigger back-ups at the busy airport, a favorite for DC residents who need to fly domestically for work or to return home.
DCA’s cell phone lot will also be closed. Motorists picking up arriving passengers should park at the garages for Terminals A, B or C, where parking is free for up to an hour.
Lane reductions around work zones are expected to produce congestion, especially at peak travel times. As segments are completed, the work zone will shift to another portion of the Ticketing-level roadway. The speed limit in the work zone is 15 mph.
The airport will continuously broadcast guidance to drivers on AM 1640, DCA’s roadway advisory radio station. Before heading out to the airport, motorists can also check Reagan Airport’s Twitter feed for project updates.
Airline commuters in Virginia who don’t want to deal with the headache on the roadway can take the Metro Blue and Yellow Lines to DCA. Flyers coming from DC can the Yellow Line.
The work is part of Project Journey, which will create two new security checkpoint buildings serving Terminals B and C and a new 14-gate concourse that will replace Gate 35X - the “puddle jumper” gate for short domestic flights.