Tips for a Better Journey During High-Impact Airport Construction

Use Metrorail or parking garages, avoid roadway through construction zone


Reagan National Airport has implemented several measures to prepare for reduced traffic flow and increased congestion as work crews prepare to begin heavy construction adjacent to the Terminal B/C Arrivals roadway. For the best experience during this phase of Project Journey, travelers are advised to use Metrorail or airport parking garages and consider other ways to avoid being picked up within the work zone. Drivers should expect the greatest potential for roadway delays in the afternoon and late evening and pay close attention to signage and police direction.

Project Journey Construction

Passenger tips for a better journey include:

  • Use Metrorail: The Reagan National Airport station is directly connected to the terminals via moving walkways—bypassing the work zone. Passengers can also avoid airport congestion by riding to a nearby station for pickup. 
  • Meet in the Terminal Garage or Inside the Airport: Pedestrian bridges connect directly to the Terminal Garages. The garage entrances and exits are along a separate roadway not impacted by Project Journey lane closures. For a limited time, park free up to 60 minutes in Terminal Garages. For longer stays, regular parking rates will apply.
  • Parking for Your Flight? Proceed directly to your selected parking area without dropping off passengers or luggage at the curb. Doing this helps reduce vehicle traffic on congestion-prone roads near the terminals.
  • Map Your Journey: Using wayfinding apps, such as Waze and Google Maps, will provide the most efficient routing to the airport.

Proactive airport measures designed to manage roadway congestion include:

  • Active Traffic Management: Airport Police will deploy teams of officers to direct traffic during periods of congestion.
  • Increasing Upper Roadway Use: All Terminal B/C shuttle bus drop-offs and pick-ups moved to the upper level to reduce traffic through the construction zone.
  • Digital Information Signs: Reagan National uses variable message boards near airport entrance ramps and throughout airport roadways to guide drivers through the lane closures and provide updates. 
  • Waze: Airport officials have provided the latest roadway configurations to the Waze navigation app, which provides real-time traffic information and directions to airport facilities.

About Construction

  • Project Journey, a $1 billion investment to transform the passenger experience at Reagan National Airport, is moving to a phase that could create significant roadway impacts in the coming months. 
  • Lane closures are necessary to facilitate construction of foundations and columns for two new security checkpoints to be built above the Terminal B/C Arrivals (lower-level) roadway. 
  • Even without construction, airport roadways often become congested in the afternoon and late evening hours, when vehicle traffic near the terminals typically peaks. Lane closures are expected to increase the potential for severe traffic delays.