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The official Beach Drive Construction Update: “projected to last for 3 years” begins Thursday

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lauren Parnell Marino

From the Mayor’s Office:

“The National Park Service is set to begin major road construction along Beach Drive on September 22nd, and is projected to last for 3 years. This project will greatly impact drivers and pedestrians in this area. Please see below information about the project and where to find additional information about the District Government’s traffic mitigation plan.

The project will be completed in four segments. Each segment of Beach Drive will be closed in both directions 24/7 during work. Prior to work beginning on each segment, the National Park Service will post upcoming road work and road closure information so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can plan their trip through, and around Rock Creek Park.

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DRIVING – Alternative Routes

Drivers should seek alternative routes, including Connecticut Avenue, 16th Street, Georgia Avenue, and Wisconsin/Massachusetts to bypass the impacted area. A signed roadway detour will be provided (see below), but drivers are encouraged to seek alternative routes for the full length of their journey.

BUSES Traveling North/South

L1 – Connecticut Avenue Line Route and Schedule
Chevy Chase Circle, Van Ness-UDC station, Cleveland Park Station, Woodley Park station, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom-GWU station, Potomac Park

37 – Wisconsin Ave Limited Line Route and Schedule
Friendship Heights, Fessenden Street, Tenleytown-Au station, Van Ness, Porter Street, Woodley Road, Massachusetts Ave & Garfield St., Dupont Circle station, M Street, Farragut Square
BUSES Traveling East/West

DC Circulator – Green Line Route and Schedule Route and Schedule
Woodley Park – Adams Morgan – McPherson Square

H2, H4 – Crosstown Line Route and Schedule
Tenleytown-AU station, Cleveland Park, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights station, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center, Brookland-CUA station

The Rock Creek Trail along Beach Drive will remain open and accessible to bicyclists and pedestrians during daylight hours during Segment 1A construction. During segments 1A and 1B, the trail gate at the National Zoo will be open between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. there will be no access to the trail through the National Zoo or via Beach Drive through the zoo tunnel.

The trail will be adjacent to the construction site, and at various stages, the trail may be detoured or shifted. Be alert for any construction-related changes. Wear reflective clothing, turn on your lights (safety first!) and enjoy the scenery.

Capital Bikeshare – Get a Bike for $2 Per Trip More Info
For one of the most convenient ways to get around the city and park, get a red bike for $2 per trip. Download the SpotCycle app to see a map of stations and available bicycles.

goDCgo – Your #1 resource for transportation information for the District
goDCgo is an initiative of DDOT that encourages the use of sustainable transportation. We provide complimentary resources and information to help you choose sustainable, affordable and healthy ways to get around DC. Contact us at [email protected] or 202-299-2186.

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