UPDATE: To better facilitate emergency response for U.S. Park Police during construction, Morrow Drive NW will close to vehicle traffic on Monday, February 5 and remain closed until Fall 2018. The road will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists. Check the Beach Drive Detour Maps album on this page to view a detour map.
Segment 3 of the Beach Drive reconstruction, which closed on August 28, 2017, remains closed to vehicles, bikes and pedestrians from north of Broad Branch Road NW to Joyce Road NW until fall 2018.
During work on Segment 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.
Pedestrians and Cyclists
The road remains closed north of Broad Branch Road NW to Joyce Road NW. This is a change in policy, as this section of Beach Drive is designated for recreation access only over the weekend. This closure to cyclists will be in effect 24/7.
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 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.