March 15, 2018
Two Lanes Closing Along Terminal B/C Arrivals Roadway
Congestion Expected at Peak Times,
Use Metro or Parking Garages to Avoid Delays
Summary of Impacts
  • Beginning on or about Wednesday, March 21 (weather permitting), two left lanes will be closed at all times along sections of the Arrivals (lower-level) roadway for construction related to Project Journey. Traffic congestion is expected.
  • To manage congestion, the airport will offer up to 60 minutes of free parking in Terminal Garages beginning March 21 and will deploy teams of police officers to direct traffic through the work zone.
Map effective March 21
  • Two left lanes will be closed 24/7 at two locations along the Arrivals (lower-level) roadway of Terminal B/C.
  • Roadway excavation and foundation drilling using heavy equipment will take place behind barricades.
  • Significant portions of the passenger pick-up median for private vehicles will be blocked due to lane shifts (red area in map above). 
  • Increased congestion is expected in this area. Back-ups could extend throughout airport roadways during peak travel periods. Police will direct traffic to manage congestion. Peak travel periods are in the afternoons and evenings, especially Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
  • As work progresses over the coming months, lane closures will shift to other parts of the roadway. Advisories with details will be issued.
  • The speed limit in the work zone is 15 miles per hour.

Recommended Alternatives to Avoid Congestion ( Click for more tips)
  • Use Metrorail.
  • Don't drive to Terminal B/C curbs - go to Terminal Garages. Beginning March 21, park free in garages up to 60 minutes. For longer stays, normal rates will apply.
  • Use apps, such as Waze, for guidance to your destination.

Project Benefits
  • Closing lanes will provide space for construction crews to make foundations for new columns that will support two New Security Checkpoint buildings above the roadway. This phase of the project will last several months.

  • Begins on or about Wednesday, March 21, weather permitting. Expected to continue through April.
  • Construction zone will be in place 24/7.
  • Garage parking up to 60 minutes free begins the same day lanes close.
  • Additional lane closure phases will be announced.
About Project Journey

When Project Journey is completed in 2021, two new 50,000-square-foot buildings with security checkpoints will replace three smaller checkpoints currently serving Terminal B/C – increasing the post-security space to include all of National Hall and its premier shops and restaurants for ticketed travelers. In addition, a new 14-gate concourse will replace Gate 35X – ending the need for travelers to ride buses to board regional jets parked outside. Concourse amenities will include jetbridges, holdrooms, concessions and an American Airlines Admirals Club lounge.
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