Construction for a massive renovation project at Reagan National Airport is now underway. The work is expected to cause some delays and traffic problems.
Early Monday crews started working on building new ramps in the passenger pick up areas of terminals B and C. Several lanes will be closed until at least 9 a.m. Monday.
This is the start of Project Journey. The $1 billion revitalization project includes two new 50,000 sq. ft. security checkpoints that will replace three smaller checkpoints at terminals B and C. It will also expand the area with shops and restaurants once you get past security. There will also be a new 14 gate concourse for short flights which will eliminate the need for travelers to take buses to get to the regional jets.
Construction is expected to take around three years and will likely cause heavier traffic and backups around the airport. If you frequently fly out of Reagan National Airport you can sign up for advisories and updates on the project, so you know what to expect. Just head to their website.
Nearly 24 million passengers traveled through Reagan National in 2016. That makes it the region's second-busiest airport, after BWI Airport.