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Where airport traffic will be worse than usual this Thanksgiving

WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. logo WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. 11/15/2018 Pete Muntean
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WASHINGTON -- With an estimated 1.3 million travelers bound for our area's airports over the next ten days, officials caution that driving to the airport might be more difficult than usual. Especially at Reagan National Airport, where a $1 billion airport improvement project is impacting airport roads.

"Construction continues to impact curbside pickup areas and travel lanes," said a Thursday news release by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, adding that foundation work might restrict lanes and cause backups, especially outside the baggage claim area.

MWAA has some tips to make the trip less painful.

  • Use Terminal GaragesTerminal Garages A, B and C are outside the work zone, reducing potential driving delays. Drop off or meet passengers there, or take advantage of free parking for up to 60 minutes. All garages are just a short walk from the terminal.

  • Map Your Journey – Use wayfinding apps such as Waze or Google Maps, selecting your specific destination for the most direct guidance.

    Listen to Airport Radio on 1640 AM – Our new radio station explains the latest roadway configuration and driving tips. Tune in when reaching airport property.

    Drive Carefully – The work zone speed limit is 15 miles per hour. Watch for construction signs, pedestrians and police directing traffic.

    Park Like a ProReserve parking online at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee space and take advantage of any specials being offered. On the day of your travel, proceed directly to parking, then use walkways from garages or shuttles from Economy parking to reach the terminal.

    Take Metro – It’s the best way to avoid the traffic entirely! Walkways from the Reagan National Airport Metrorail station are directly connected to terminals. Check Metrorail's website for service status and alerts.

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