Beach Drive rehabilitation project begins in less than a month

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WASHINGTON, DC – Starting in less than a month, a busy road in Northwest D.C. will undergo a three-year construction project. Work that the National Park Service (NPS) said is long overdue.

“The last rehabilitation took place in 1991, so the pavement has surpassed it’s 20-year lifespan,” said Jarod Perkioniemi, Transportation Public Affairs Specialist for NPS.

The rehabilitation of Beach Drive, which the NPS said is used by 26,000 cars daily, will begin after Labor Day and be done in four segments. Each segment will close a section of Beach Drive in both directions and is expected to take between six to eight months

The first segment will be between Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Tilden St. NW.

Among the work that will take place will be reconstruction of the road, rehabilitating seven bridges, and improving the multi-use trails that run through Rock Creek Park. However, the NPS said the latter will remain open during the construction.

“So people could park in different areas and use the multi-use trail to get to different parks, but the roadway itself will be closed,” added Perkioniemi.

If you would like to learn more, you can go to the project’s website or attend a public information meeting hosted by the NPS. The next one is August 18, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Petworth Neighborhood Library.