As announced in April 2023, Reagan National Airport is overseeing a project to resurface and rehabilitate asphalt and base materials along its two primary runways during overnight hours. Closures associated with the project have been carefully planned and coordinated with airlines to minimize impacts on passengers.

Despite these adjustments, there is a risk that late-night or early morning flights to Reagan National could be canceled or diverted if they are delayed at their originating airport or enroute. On-time flights are not expected to be affected. 

Nightly work along the airport's main runway will last from May 2023 through mid-November. Construction will pause during winter and resume in spring 2024.

Advice for Airport Passengers

  • Check flight status directly with airlines for the most up-to-date flight information 
  • Follow @Reagan_Airport on Twitter for construction-related notifications

Project Information 

  • The pavement project will focus on runways 1/19 and 15/33.
  • Base materials will be replaced from 6 to 8 inches deep. 
  • The project will help improve the long-term durability of both runways.
  • Work will take place up to six nights per week, weather permitting.
  • Airline flight schedules have been modified to avoid conflicts with runway closure times.
  • Runways will remain available to flights that are operating outside the construction hours.

 Project areas are indicated by green and blue highlights 

DCA Runway Rehabilitation Facts 

Pavement Rehabilitation Areas 

  • Runway 1/19: 123,000 tons of asphalt  

  • Runway 15/33: 54,000 tons of asphalt  

Asphalt Production Onsite 

  • 250 tons per hour production capacity   

  • 400-ton onsite storage   

Other Materials  

  • 7200 feet of electrical conduit replacement (1/19 Centerlines) 

  • 142 centerline base cans  

  • 142 LED centerline lights  

  • 180 LED touchdown zone lights 

  • 32 LED threshold lights 

  • 27 sign conversions to LED  

  • 1 windsock 



Editorial Section(s)
Overnight construction scheduled during 2023 and 2024