Beach Drive Rehabilitation

What's New?

Piney Branch Parkway resurfacing
From May 29 until approximately June 8, Piney Branch Parkway will close from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on weekdays for resurfacing work. No through traffic will be allowed on the road at that time. We are planning for the daytime closure to extend from Arkansas Avenue to Beach Drive except for local traffic (residents leaving Mt. Pleasant may use 17th Street). Drivers should obey closure signs and exercise caution if they drive near workers.

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Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC
Project Schedule

The Beach Drive rehabilitation project began on September 22, 2016, and remains on schedule to conclude in fall 2019. The project is being completed in multiple closure segments. Each project segment of Beach Drive requires a full road closure in both directions 24/7 during the work period. The four segments of the project are:

  • Segment 1 (Red) - Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Park Road/Tilden Street NW - 1.82 miles (September 22, 2016 - August 27, 2017).
  • Segment 2 (Green) - Park Road/Tilden Street NW to Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW - 0.34 miles (August 28, 2017 - January 8, 2018)
  • Segment 3 (Yellow) - Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW to Joyce Road NW - 1.59 miles
    • Began on August 28, 2017 and will continue to fall 2018
  • Segment 4 (Black) - Joyce Road NW to DC/MD border - 2.70 miles
    • Expected to begin fall 2018

Work Updates

Morrow Drive temporary closure
Morrow Drive NW closed to vehicle traffic on Monday, February 5. The National Park Service closed the road to improve emergency response for U.S. Park Police during construction. The road will stay closed until work on Segment 3 ends in summer 2018. The road is open to pedestrians and bicyclists. Check the Beach Drive Detour Maps album on this page to view a detour map.

Reminder for pedestrians and cyclists to stay out of closed areas
Beach Drive remains closed to all use north of Broad Branch Road NW as far as Joyce Road NW. Before construction started, this section of Beach Drive was usually closed to drivers on weekends so that people could bike and walk there. Until work on Segment 3 is complete, people will not be able to drive, walk or bike between Broad Branch NW and Joyce Road NW. The closure remains in effect all the time. As an alternative, bicyclists and pedestrians should use Ross Drive and Ridge Road.

During work on Segment 3, Ross Drive and Ridge Road, which run parallel to Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park, are closed to vehicle traffic but open to pedestrians and cyclists. The closure is to allow bike commuters who need to detour on these narrow, winding and hilly routes to travel safely. The closure also reduces traffic impacts to local neighborhoods and provides a place for people to walk and bike on the weekend while Segment 3 of Beach Drive is closed for construction.

You should stay alert and follow the instructions you read on signs or hear from construction workers because conditions and routes may change as construction progresses. We want to remind cyclists and pedestrians that the reason we close areas is to keep workers and park visitors safe. Please do not use closed sections of Beach Drive. If you do, you may receive a citation.

Due to very serious safety concerns resulting from the number of close calls between construction equipment and people who have illegally entered the closed area, the United States Park Police increased their presence in and around Segment 3.

Beach Drive Segment 3 Construction Map
New detour route for Segment 3.
Rehabilitation Explained

The rehabilitation project includes full depth pavement reconstruction, which requires excavating the entire area and placing a new gravel base before new asphalt paving; improvements to pedestrian and bicycle trails in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT); DC Water storm drain rehabilitation and improvement projects; installation and upgrades of raised pavement markers, centerline rumble strips, guardrails and road signs to provide safer road conditions for drivers; parking area reconstruction and rehabilitation; traffic signal and streetlight replacement; and the rehabilitation of six bridges.

This project will provide a safer and more pleasant trip through Rock Creek Park for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, while maintaining the historic character of the park.

Highlights from Segment 1 & 2
There were a number of great achievements throughout Segment 1 and 2 including:
  • Fully replacing the roadway.
  • Widening and resurfacing the multi-use trail.
  • Enhancing the Park’s landscape and environment by planting another 130 native trees (170 more will be planted) along the road and trail.
  • Retrofitting the storm drainage system.
  • Repairing and replacing the guardrails, road signs, parking areas, traffic signals, and street lights.
  • Blagden bridge improvements (to be completed by January 8, 2018) including abutment and stone masonry repairs beneath the bridge, removed and replaced railing to the bridge sidewalk, and a new crosswalk added at the intersection of Blagden Ave and Beach Drive.

Temporary Traffic Delays

Bingham Road Closure through Rock Creek Park between Oregon Avenue NW and Beach Drive NW
Bingham Drive NW between Oregon Avenue NW and Beach Drive NW, is closed through November 2018 while DC Water works to safely rehabilitate sewer infrastructure along Oregon Avenue NW from Rittenhouse Street NW to Beech Street NW. For information about affiliated roadwork, not on park land, and detours, please visit:

Stay in the Know, How to get Project Updates
Nixle: Sign up for text alerts
Nixle is a free tool that allows information to be sent through text, email, social media, and the Nixle mobile app. You can register from your mobile phone or online at To receive text message alerts about the Beach Drive rehabilitation project, text BEACHDRIVE to 888777. To register online, visit and create a user profile. After you register, you will receive information about the Beach Drive rehabilitation project including upcoming closure and detour information. You can opt out any time. Standard carrier data or messaging rates may apply.

Pre-Recorded Information Line
Commuters and visitors can call 202-895-6232 for road closure information.


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