Navy Commissioning Week means Angels — and road closures

WASHINGTON — When you see the Blue Angels streaking over Maryland in their custom F/A-18 Hornets this week, it’s definitely not a cause for concern — but the traffic and road closures might be.

Annapolis’ Office of Emergency Management has a set of tips for residents to help them navigate the roads as we sail into Memorial Day weekend and celebrate the United States Navy’s 2018 graduating class during Commissioning Week.

“Make a plan to either accommodate the increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic or avoid it as much as possible,” Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said in a news release.

Road closures will impact May 22, May 23 and May 25.

Motorists traveling on on U.S. Route 50, Maryland Route 450 and other Annapolis roads are asked to plan ahead and expect major traffic.

In anticipation of the Blue Angels’ flight practices on Tuesday and Wednesday and the U.S. Naval Academy graduation Friday, Maryland’s State Highway Authority will closed.

Md. MD 450/Naval Academy Bridge over the Severn River will be closed until 4 p.m. Tuesday and again from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The SHA advises driver to use Rowe Boulevard to enter or exit Annapolis and allow extra travel time.

Road crews will also block the right lane on eastbound U.S. 50 prior to West Street on Tuesday and Wednesday mid-afternoon to allow traffic to depart the Annapolis area after the air shows.

SHA graphic: Map of Annapolis and vicinity.

More information can be found on the SHA website.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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