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Beach Drive Northbound Detour Route
Beach Drive Northbound Detour Route

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Beach Drive Northbound Alternative Detour Route for Segments 2 & 3

There are several alternate Northbound routes other than the signed detour routes that can be used to travel northbound from Downtown Washington, D.C. to destinations north of the closure area. The following are descriptions of suggested alternate routes to Beach Drive. Please refer to the PM Peak Alternate Route Map for further details.

For Destinations to the northwest (e.g. Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights) from Downtown the following alternate routes are available:

  1. Rock Creek Parkway à Beach Drive à Tilden Street à Connecticut Avenue
  2. Downtown à Connecticut Avenue
  3. Rock Creek Parkway à Waterside Drive à 34th Street à Massachusetts Avenue à Reno Road
  4. Downtown à Massachusetts Avenueà 34th Street à Reno Road

For Destinations to the north (e.g. Silver Spring, Wheaton, Shepherd Park) from Downtown the following alternate routes are available:

  1. Rock Creek Parkway à Beach Drive à Klingle Road à Park Road à 16th Street
  2. Downtown à 16th Street
  3. Rock Creek Parkway à Beach Drive à Blagden Avenue à 16th Street*

*Route available during Segment 3 Only (closed during Segment 2).


For Destinations to the northeast (e.g. Takoma Park, Langley Park, Brightwood) from Downtown the typical route will be available via Beach Drive à Piney Branch Parkway à Arkansas Avenue.

***Please note that Rock Creek Parkway operates reversible lanes as follows:
  • One-Way Southbound 6:45-9:30 AM (M-F)
  • One-Way Northbound 3:45-6:30 PM (M-F)

 
Beach Drive Detour Southbound Route
Beach Drive Alternative Southbound Detour Route

NPS

Beach Drive Southbound Alternative Detour Route for Segments 2 & 3

There are several alternate Southbound routes other than the signed detour routes that can be used to travel southbound towards the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway into Downtown Washington,

  1. The following are descriptions of suggested alternate routes to Beach Drive. Please refer to the AM Peak Alternate Route Map for further details.

For Origins to the northwest (e.g. Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights) heading to Downtown the following alternate routes are available:

  1. Connecticut Avenue à Tilden Street à Beach Drive à Rock Creek Parkway
  2. Connecticut Avenue à Direct to Downtown
  3. Reno Road à 34th Street à Massachusetts Avenueà Waterside Drive à Rock Creek Parkway
  4. Reno Road à 34th Street à Massachusetts Avenueà Direct to Downtown

For Origins to the north (e.g. Silver Spring, Wheaton, Shepherd Park) heading to Downtown the following alternate routes are available:

  1. 16th Street à Park Road à Klingle Road à Beach Drive à Rock Creek Parkway
  2. 16th Street à Direct to Downtown
  3. 16th Street à Blagden Avenue à Beach Drive à Rock Creek Parkway*
*Available during Segment 3 Only (closed during Segment 2).


For Origins to the northeast (e.g. Takoma Park, Langley Park, Brightwood) heading to Downtown the typical route to access Beach Drive will be available via Arkansas Avenue à Piney Branch Parkway à Beach Drive.

***Please note that Rock Creek Parkway operates reversible lanes as follows:
  • One-Way Southbound 6:45-9:30 AM (M-F)
  • One-Way Northbound 3:45-6:30 PM (M-F)

Last updated: August 18, 2017

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3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Phone:

(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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