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One less closure, new detour routes, and great progress for Beach Drive reconstruction
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.
Immediately following completion of Segment 1, Beach Drive will close from Park Road/Tilden Street NW to Joyce Road NW (immediately south of Military Road NW). Work on the southern section, between Park Road/Tilden Street NW to Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW, will conclude first and reopen while remaining work continues north to Military Road NW (originally Segment 3).
Stretch of Beach Drive between Porter Street NW and Piney Branch Parkway NW (Segment 1B).
Creating one larger construction segment increases efficiency and could allow the project to finish ahead of schedule. North of Blagden Avenue NW, there are a number of overlapping projects with District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and DC Water, and this early start could reduce impacts to neighbors and commuters.
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.
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Last updated: May 26, 2017