The combination of messy wet weather, the construction of the airport, and a four-day stop at the Metro stop caused major delays near Reagan National Airport late Friday.
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WASHINGTON – Tourists head to Reagan National Airport Friday afternoon and night to see red – literally. The combination of the messy weather, the construction of the airport, and the four-day dismissal of the Metro stopped service which caused the airport to lead to a sea of brake lights on the George Washington Parkway when traffic was jammed due to extreme delays.
Large reserves are reported on the George Washington Parkway and Route 1 Friday afternoon and continue into the evening.
⚠ Traffic is jammed at the airport because @wmataClose 2 stations, including our station. Metro free shuttle also faces long waiting times. We apologize for the inconvenience during this regional traffic problem. Passengers must leave extra time coming to the airport.
– Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) November 9, 2018
Delays at GW Parkway heading south retreating to Memorial Bridge, according to the WTOP Traffic Center.
WTOP, Traffic Reporter, Bob Marbourg, said heavy traffic around the airport was one of the worst he saw. There are reports of plane passengers who jumped out of the car on the south side of the parkway and ran across the north side, maybe to catch a flight. Dave Dildine from WTOP said he saw the travelers "saving the cars on foot and hurrying to departure dragging the suitcase backwards."
Metro passengers are also treated with frustrating trips.
Crystal City and Reagan National Airport Metro Stations at Yellow and Blue Lines are closed ahead of the long Veterans weekend for maintenance. The closure was well publicized, although many travelers went to social media to vent their disappointment about closed services and long waits for the shuttle bus.
Traffic headaches expected but it seems there are still many drivers who are careless.
The traffic around the airport is "uncivilized chaos," a Twitter usage wrote the previous Friday afternoon. "45 minutes and counting from passing the waiting room on the way to the departure level."
Airport authorities have estimated that roads near the airport will be denser than usual this weekend, with more people driving to the terminal instead of using the Metro.
"We at the airport suggested that passengers get off and pick up their friends in our terminal parking garage. They are free for up to 60 minutes, "said airport spokesman Rob Yingling. ‘
During the closure of a similar Metro, old backups have been formed on the George Washington Parkway and Route 1 in Crystal City.
Yingling urged airport travelers who arrived late at night to consider taking passengers at the top level. "If they come by flight after 8pm the ticket line is often quite quiet at the time," he said.
Dave Dildine from WTOP contributed to this report.
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