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Redevelopment

Montgomery Street
Crowne Plaza
Waterfront Center
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Beach Drive

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Beach Drive Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

Update:  As of Labor Day 2017, work on Phase I has ended and work on Phase 2 has started.

This is a "neighborhood" development page, and by any faithful definition Rock Creek Park really isn't part of our immediate area.  However, on September 22, 2016, the National Park Service began a major 3-year project to rebuild the entire 6.5-mile stretch of Beach Drive as it makes its way from Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway in the south (near where it crosses Connecticut Avenue) towards the Maryland/D.C. stateline in the north.  Beach Drive is not only a heavily-used rush-hour thoroughfare, it is often the best route for those traveling from places like Old Town to destinations in Northwest Washington or the close-in Maryland suburbs of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring and Takoma.  Unless you are a shut-in homebody, this road work will affect you at some point over the next few years.  So, as a community service and for convenience of reference, this massively-impactful project is listed here.

Beach Drive was orginally laid down in 1897-1900 to provide a north-south transitway through Rock Creek Park.  Lansing Hoskins Beach, at the time Commissioner of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the District of Columbia, managed the project.  The roadway was last rebuilt 25 years ago.  Even well-constructed, moderately traveled roads don't last much longer than that, and this road is relentlessly pounded upon by 26,000 daily commuters and 40,000 weekend drivers.

According to the National Park Service, the $33 million project "includes full depth pavement reconstruction, which requires excavating the entire area and placing a new gravel base before new asphalt paving; improvements to pedestrian and bicycle trails in collaboration with the DDOT; DC Water storm drain rehabilitation and improvement projects; installation and upgrades of raised pavement markers, centerline rumble strips, guardrails and road signs to provide safer road conditions for drivers; parking area reconstruction and rehabilitation; traffic signal and streetlight replacement; and the rehabilitation of six bridges."

The reconstruction will take place in four segments or phases (the first segment is further divided into two sub-segments), each of which is expected to take 6-8 months to complete.  While work is underway, the stretch of roadway that is being rebuilt will be closed to all users at all times, and the adjacent paved trail will be closed to bikers and walkers during non-daylight hours.  Congestion on side streets and other alternative routes is expected to be terrible.  The project started in the south and will gradually make its way northwards.

 

The map above was produced by the Washington Post.

 

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