Klingle Valley Trail Project Public Meeting is Tonight

by Prince Of Petworth August 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm 14 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer Crawford

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a public meeting for the Klingle Valley Trail Project in Ward 3 on Thursday, August 20, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. The project will convert Klingle Road NW between Cortland Place and Porter Street into a pedestrian and bicycle trail using green infrastructure components such as permeable pavement and bioretention ponds. The project will also restore eroded segments of Klingle Creek and rebuild drainage structures along the trail. At this meeting DDOT will review the project timeline, construction phasing, and key design components based on feedback previously gathered from community stakeholders.

Klingle Road NW was closed between Cortland Place NW and Porter Street NW following a severe flood event in 1991. The Klingle Valley Trail will provide safe public access to this section of Rock Creek Park for the first time in 25 years.

District Department of Transportation

Thursday, August 20 at 6:30-8 pm

Cleveland Park Public Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW”

  • Say No to Racists Plutocrats!! Anyone? Anyone?

    That was a sign on Park Road during the ridiculously rancorous debate over this stupid road.

    I’m so glad it’s going to be a path rather than a road. People will dig it, especially if it’s accessible from Connecticut Ave.

  • Anon

    I guess I am on the other side of “wreckfish,” though I do agree the whole debate was ridiculously rancorous. Now it is just something that makes me laugh and shake my head. Only in DC would a road getting taken out by a flood be successfully lobbied into turning into a bike/walk path. I bike daily, and I can’t even get behind this.
    That said, given that this is over 20 years in the making, I don’t care what they do to it anymore. They need to just do SOMETHING. Build the path already!

  • spookiness

    first a road, then a flood transforms it to a “park”, and now its a trail.

  • jcm

    This seems a little hasty. Are we sure this issue doesn’t need more study?

  • Eric

    Once this is done, the city can use the same creek erosion/flood excuse to close broad branch road too and then there will be no way to get across the park for those of us living east of it.

    • Ward One Resident

      “no way to get across the park”? Give me a break. There are a million ways to get across the park. Are they all convenient? Nope, but to say there may be “no way to get across” the park is hysterical (as in funny and melodramatic).

      • Eric

        What I find particularly funny is you take issue with my exaggeration of “no way across” by countering with a “million ways across”

    • tral

      Broad Branch runs parallel to the Park. Perhaps you’re thinking of Beach Drive, but I live east of the Park and cross it at Military, Park / Tilden, Klingle / Porter, and Wise / Chestnut, not to mention various ones further south where it narrows like at P Street.

      It’s a park, not an interchange. I think we’re good.

  • Ward One Resident

    So I never had a dog in the park/road fight and when the fight was raging really didn’t care (sorta like McMillan), that being said, since it’s been abandoned and I’ve gotten a dog, I love it. My on-leash dog and I walk it at least weekly and it’s great. I am not going to lie that I’m disappointed they are making it an official trail…would have preferred for it to just be left alone and let nature take its course.

    • anon

      It will be great – though it won’t be as little, and so wildly unforgotten, as it is now. They will be fencing in the whole area for the duration of the project, so you won’t be able to walk your dog there the next year and a half, at least.

      • anon

        meant to say “as little used” … as it is now … when done.

  • Anon

    For those of you who haven’t lived here for 20 years or more, this road has been the source of much drama over time. Before it was damaged in 1991, it was a convenient crosstown route that in retrospect, kept a noticeable amount of traffic off other crosstown streets. Wealthy, politically-influential landowners (shocking, I know) on the western end of Klingle took that opportunity to try and keep the road closed. So far, they’ve succeeded. Don’t be surprised if they also succeed in keeping it closed to hikers and bikers.

    • anon

      The plan is going forward, bikers and walkers will use it. As a DC trail, not a park service trail, it will be lit and open for use 24.7. I expect it will get a lot of bike traffic, commuting and leisure.


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