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One less closure, new detour routes, and great progress for Beach Drive reconstruction
Crews pave new gravel base on Beach Drive (Segment 1).
WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) held two public meetings earlier this week in preparation for the next phase of work on Beach Drive. The three-year construction project remains on schedule with the first segment of construction, between Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway and Park Road/Tilden Street NW, concluding mid to late summer. Stay up to date by visiting go.nps.gov/beachdrive and signing up for Nixle alerts by texting BEACHDRIVE to 888777.
Three major updates were announced at the meetings:
- Reconstruction of Beach Drive between Porter Street NW and Piney Branch Parkway will begin in early June but will no longer require a 24/7 closure during construction,
- Segments 2 and 3 are being combined and will closed at the same time. Segment 2 will opened as originally scheduled while work proceeds north, and
- Detour routes during the combined work on Segments 2 and 3 have been updated to improve neighborhood safety, and be more accommodating to traffic patterns and feedback from area residents.
Stretch of Beach Drive between Porter Street NW and Piney Branch Parkway NW (Segment 1B).
New combined detour route for Segments 2 and 3.
After evaluating traffic patterns and listening to feedback from area residents, the NPS, Federal Highway Administration and DDOT have updated the detour routes for the next phase of construction. The project schedule, detour route maps, road work updates and closure information is available on the project website at go.nps.gov/beachdrive. This website is meant to provide drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and park neighbors with accurate information to plan their trips through and around Rock Creek Park.
Beach Drive was originally designed to provide recreational access to America’s first urban national park. More than 12 million vehicles use Beach Drive each year, and 40,000 of those people recreate on Beach Drive on the weekends.