Beach Drive Rehabilitation

Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC

What's Happening and When?

The Beach Drive rehabilitation project began on September 22, 2016, and is projected to last up to three years (Fall 2019). The project will be completed in four closure segments. Each project segment of Beach Drive will require a full road closure in both directions 24/7 during the work period. Prior to the beginning with each new segment, the National Park Service will post upcoming road work and road closure information on this webpage, so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can plan their trip through, and around Rock Creek Park.

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.

Project Schedule

Construction on Segment 1 is expected to be completed in late Summer 2017. The four segments of the project are:

  • Segment 1 (Red) - Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Tilden St NW - 1.82 miles (September 22, 2016 - Summer 2017)
    • Segment 1 is broken down into two phases: 1A and 1B. During 1A, Beach Drive will stay open between Piney Branch Parkway and Porter Street NW so vehicles can travel across the park. During 1B, this stretch of Beach Drive between Piney Branch and Porter will be closed during its reconstruction.
  • Segment 2 (Green) - Tilden St NW to Broad Branch Rd - 0.34 miles
  • Segment 3 (Yellow) - Broad Branch Rd to Joyce Rd - 1.59 miles
  • Segment 4 (Black) - Joyce Rd to DC/MD Border - 2.70 miles
A more detailed project schedule will be posted as it is available.

Project Updates

  • Beginning April 17, NPS will be installing a new median at the intersection of Shoreham Drive NW and Cathedral Avenue NW. There will be an alternating single-lane closure. Crews will be present to help direct traffic during the closure.
  • Northbound and Southbound Beach Drive: There are ongoing road closures on both northbound and southbound Beach Drive from Rock Creek Parkway to Porter Street, and from Piney Branch Parkway to Tilden Street and Park Road. The detour.
  • In coordination with DDOT, additional work was added to the first segment of the rehabilitation project. The work includes widening and repairing the multi-use trails adjacent to Beach Drive. Though this additional trail work adds roughly two months to Segment 1, the overall project timeline is unchanged.
  • The park began placing a layer of stone "riprap" (loose stone) along the Rock Creek stream bank, just north of Piney Branch Parkway and along Beach Drive. The riprap will help prevent previous erosion on the stream bank that was undermining the multi-use trail, and was brought in to match existing stones and original natural features of the area.
  • Expect trail closures between Zoo Tunnel Bridge and Zoo Tunnel, and Piney Branch and Tilden St./Park Rd. Follow detour.
  • As a result of the additional trail work, the sidewalk through the Zoo Tunnel will be significantly wider and repaired, creating a safer and more recreation-friendly surface.

Temporary Traffic Delays:

Bingham Road Closure through Rock Creek Park between Oregon Avenue NW and Beach Drive NW
There will be a full closure of Bingham Drive NW between Oregon Avenue NW and Beach Drive NW, beginning on Monday, February 13, 2017, and anticipated to last through November 2018. This is a part of a larger road closure necessary so that DC Water can safely rehabilitate sewer infrastructures 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

Northbound and Southbound Beach Drive
There will be ongoing road closures on both northbound and southbound Beach Drive from Rock Creek Parkway to Porter Street NW, and from Piney Branch Parkway to Tilden Street and Park Road. There will be a detour setup for the next eight to ten (8 - 10) months.

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 1A and 1B, 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 almost-accidents 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.

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

    Segment 1A

    Beach Drive Segment 1A Roadway Detours
    Beach Drive Segment 1A Roadway Detours
    Beach Drive Segment 1A Pedestrian / Bicycle Operations
    Beach Drive Segment 1A Pedestrian / Bicycle Operations

    Primary and Alternate Detour Routes

    Map of Beach Drive AM Alternate Detour Routes
    Beach Drive AM Alternate Detour Routes


    Map of Beach Drive PM Alternate Detour Routes
    Beach Drive PM Alternate Detour Routes



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    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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