Annapolis Traffic Delays Expected May 23, 24, and 26
Traffic congestion is expected in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 23, Wednesday, May 24, and Friday, May 26 due to the Blue Angels flight demonstration and the U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremony.
The Blue Angels will be flying on Tuesday, May 23 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. They will be flying again on Wednesday, May 24 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. When the Blue Angels are flying the Route 450/Naval Academy Bridge over the Severn River will be closed to ALL traffic, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian. The bridge will be closed on Tuesday, May 23 between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. and between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 24 between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. In the event of foul weather the bridge could be closed on Wednesday between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. The bridge closures are expected to cause traffic congestion in and around Annapolis. Roads affected include Maryland Route 450, U.S. Route 50, Roscoe Rowe Boulevard, King George Street, Annapolis Street, and Taylor Avenue.
The U.S. Coast Guard will be restricting boat traffic on the Severn River on Tuesday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 24. For more information on the restrictions visit http://bit.ly/2r0kwGB.
The U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremony is scheduled to be held at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 26 at 10 a.m. The roads around the stadium are expected to be congested due to the large number of people attending the graduation. Roads affected may include U.S. Route 50, Roscoe Rowe Bouelvard, Farragut Road, Taylor Avenue, Cedar Park Road, Annapolis Street, and Maryland Route 450. Road congestion is expected to start at 6 a.m. and to peak between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. There will also be congestion after 1 p.m., when the ceremony ends.
While no roads will be shut down for the duration of the graduation, some roads will be closed on a rolling basis as escorts move to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and when the Brigade of Midshipmen march from the U.S. Naval Academy to the stadium. Officers will be directing traffic on the roads surrounding the stadium and the normal traffic patterns will be changed to maximize traffic flow into and out of the stadium.
The City of Annapolis Emergency Operations Center will be activated from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, through Friday, May 26. The City of Annapolis Call Center will be activated to receive non-emergency phone calls from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during these days. The Call Center can answer questions related to the USNA Commissioning Week traffic, events, road closures, and other changes to normal City activities. The phone number for the Annapolis Call Center is (410) 260-2211. To report a problem to the police department call (410) 268-4141 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.
For more information about Commissioning Week, including entry restrictions to the Naval Academy, go to http://www.usna.edu/CommissioningWeek/index.php.