14th Street pedestrian bridge to close for improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The bicycle and pedestrian bridge that connects the north end of 14th Street Bridge with East Basic Drive will close for 10 weeks for improvements.

Starting September 24, the bridge, located near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, will be shut down while crews work to widen and improve the trail surface which includes correcting a dangerous slope along the path.

At the same time, a two-way cycle track will be installed in one lane of East Basin Drive where it passes the Jefferson Memorial, providing a dedicated and protected route for cyclists. NPS says the project will cost around $275,000.

The marked detour below, utilizing stairs and a runnel (ramp adjacent to the stairs), will guide trail users around the closed area via Ohio Drive, past the George Mason Memorial, and along East Basin Drive. However, from October 7-13 (dates are weather dependent), there will be no access to or from the 14th Street Bridge; users will need to detour via Arlington Memorial Bridge.

(PHOTO: NPS)