Next reconstructed segment of Beach Drive will reopen with the New Year

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Date: December 19, 2017
Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, 202-619-7177
Contact: Shelby Galvin, 202-619-7186

WASHINGTON — On or about January 8, 2018, weather dependent, Beach Drive will reopen to all use between Park Road/Tilden Street NW and Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW. Segment 3 of the Beach Drive reconstruction, which closed on August 28, 2017, will remain closed to vehicles, bikes and pedestrians from north of the Blagden Avenue bridge to Joyce Road NW until fall 2018.

The three-year construction project remains on schedule to conclude by fall 2019. Stay up to date by visiting go.nps.gov/beachdrive and signing up for Nixle alerts by texting BEACHDRIVE to 888777.

Highlights from the rehabilitation work in Segment 2 include fully replacing the roadway, planting 30 native trees along the road, and retrofitting the storm drainage system. Significant work was also completed on the Blagden bridge including abutment and stone masonry repairs beneath the bridge, new railing along the bridge sidewalk, and adding a new crosswalk at the intersection of Blagden Ave and Beach Drive.

New detour route for Segment 3.

To ensure everyone’s safety, vehicles, bikes and pedestrians are prohibited from entering the closed construction zone. These closures will be enforced by the United States Park Police. However, bikes and pedestrians can use Ross Drive and Ridge Road as car-free alternatives for commuting and recreation.

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: December 19, 2017

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