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Traffic Congestion to Intensify Due to Lane Closures at Reagan Airport

Picking someone up at Reagan National Airport will get much more difficult, thanks to lane closures on the arrivals level that will bottleneck traffic in front of Terminals B and C.

Beginning Wednesday, the two left lanes will be closed through April to facilitate roadway excavation and foundation drilling. Significant sections of the passenger pick-up median for private vehicles will be blocked because of the lane shifts, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said in a news release.

In an effort to alleviate congestion, the airport will offer up to 60 minutes of free parking at terminal garages and deploy numerous police officers to direct traffic through the work zone.

In the interim, pickup locations for taxis, Uber and Lyft, as well as bus shuttles changed from the arrivals lower-level pickup to the departures level, causing confusion and congestion on the departures level, according to one recent Reagan passenger.

MWAA is recommending passengers use Metro to get out of the airport area. Newly arrived travelers can take the Metro to nearby stations such as Crystal City before calling a taxi or ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft.

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