Beach Drive Rehabilitation

Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC

What's New?

On or about August 28, 2017, Beach Drive will close from Tilden Street NW to Joyce Road NW, which is just south of Military Road NW (Segments 2 and 3), and will open between Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway and Park Road/Tilden Street NW (Segment 1).

Drivers are encouraged to start testing new routes in advance of the change (suggested detour routes and maps are below).

During work on segments 2 and 3, Ross Drive and Ridge Road, which both run through the park and are parallel to Beach Drive will also be closed to vehicle traffic until Fall 2018. The closure provides greater safety for bike commuters who will need to detour on these narrow, winding and hilly routes; will reduce traffic impacts to local neighborhoods; and will provide an alternate location for weekend recreation in lieu of Beach Drive.

Segments 2 and 3 will close on the same day, however NPS will reopen Beach Drive to traffic between Park Road/Tilden Street NW and Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW (Segment 2) once work is complete. Segment 2 also includes significant work on the Blagden bridge. Beach Drive will remain closed to traffic from north of the Blagden Avenue bridge to Joyce Road NW (Segment 3) until work is completed in Fall 2018.

Pedestrians and Cyclists
During construction on Beach Drive, the paved multi-use trail will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists during daylight hours. During Segments 1, the trail gate at the National Zoo will be open between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Pedestrians and cyclists will need to plan an alternate route, between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., as there will be no access to the trail through the National Zoo or the zoo tunnel.

During construction on the paved multi-use trail, NPS will provide a protected and designated space for cyclists and pedestrians on Beach Drive. Park users are advised to stay alert and to follow signs, because conditions and routes will change as construction progresses. Additionally, cyclists and pedestrians are reminded to respect posted closures. Using the closed sections of Beach Drive (currently between Porter St NW and Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway) is prohibited and violators are subject to 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, increased patrols by the United States Park Police are being implemented in the closure area.

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 2017).
  • Segment 2 (Green) - Park Road/Tilden Street NW to Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW - 0.34 miles
    • Expected to begin on or about August 28, 2017
  • Segment 3 (Yellow) - Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW to Joyce Road NW - 1.59 miles
    • Segments 2 and 3 will now close at the same time. Segment 2 will open as originally scheduled.
    • Expected to begin on or about August 28, 2017
  • Segment 4 (Black) - Joyce Road NW to DC/MD border - 2.70 miles
    • Expected to begin fall 2018
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
There were a number of great achievements throughout Segment 1 including:
  • Fully replacing the roadway.
  • Widening and resurfacing the multi-use trail.
  • Enhancing the Park’s landscape and environment by planting another 100 native trees (200 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.
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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    We have made a detailed description of primary and alternate routes available, and below is a map image gallery.


    Project Overview

    Beach Drive rehabilitation project overview
    Beach Drive rehabilitation project overview

    Segments 2 and 3

    Beach Drive Segments 2 and 3 Detour
    Beach Drive Segments 2 and 3 Detour

    Alternate Detour Routes

    Beach Drive Northbound Detour Route
    Beach Drive Northbound Detour Route


    Beach Drive Alternate Detour Southbound Routes
    Beach Drive Southbound Detour Route


    Contact the Park

    Mailing Address:

    3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW
    Washington, DC 20008


    (202) 895-6000
    Rock Creek Park administrative offices can be reached at 202-895-6000. For general information call 202-895-6070 Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dial 0.

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