Redskins vs. Eagles traffic: Officials warn of bad backups around FedEx Field

Traffic lined up very early to get into the parking lots at FedEx Field. Photo: Suzanne Kennedy

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LANDOVER, Md. (WJLA) - With the early weeknight kickoff just at the end of rush hour, the forecast has been for the perfect traffic storm: Gridiron gridlock.

Monday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles begins at 6:55 p.m. at FedEx Field and parking lots will open for tailgaters at 3 p.m. The stadium itself will open two hours before kickoff.

The Beltway in both directions, 295, Arena Drive, Central Avenue and Landover Road are all crowded.

“We're talking about 90,000 Redskins fans headed to FedEx field and everyone else just trying to get home,” says Julie Parker, spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Parker says for that reason, the department is sharing what it can see on traffic cameras and from the police helicopter via twitter. and @pgpdnews wants to collect info from fans stuck in traffic.

The Maryland State Highway Administration is urging drivers to plan ahead and consider carpooling or riding Metro because of traffic. Officials also suggest travelers leave early and plan alternate routes.

The closest Metro station to FedEx Field is the Blue line's Morgan Boulevard station. It's about a mile south of the stadium's gates.

For commuters who must be on the roads around FedEx Field Monday evening, officials suggest adding 30-45 minutes to your expected travel time.

Commuters should expect heavy delays at several exits on the stretch of the Capital Beltway through Prince George's County. Those exits include ones that feed FedEx Field parking lots, such as Central Avenue and Landover Road.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.