Beach Drive segment reopening Tuesday

Wise Road is scheduled to the closed early Saturday morning and will remain closed until the project nears completion this fall. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — A long-running closure of Beach Drive through Rock Creek Park is set to end next week as the construction zone shifts north toward the Maryland state line.

By the morning of July 10, the National Park Service expects to reopen the 1.59-mile segment of Beach Drive between Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue and Joyce Road in Northwest.

Click on the segment lines for more information.

  • Segment 1 (purple): Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Park Road/Tilden Street NW – 1.82 miles (September 22, 2016 – August 27, 2017).
  • Segment 2 (green): Park Road/Tilden Street NW to Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW – 0.34 miles (August 28, 2017 – January 8, 2018).
  • SEgment 3 (orange: Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW to Joyce Road NW – 1.59 miles. Began on August 28, 2017 and will continue to summer 2018 (originally scheduled for fall).
  • Segment 4 (blue): Joyce Road NW to DC/MD border – 2.70 miles. Expected to begin summer 2018 (originally scheduled for fall).

Roads that had been limited to people walking or biking for nearly a year — Ridge Road, Ross Drive and Morrow Drive — will also reopen to car traffic. The reopening also restores the area that was usually available for people jogging, walking or biking on weekends.

However, the 2.7-mile segment of Beach Drive from Joyce Road, just south of Military Road NW, to the Maryland state line will close the night of July 9 for more than a year of construction on the next and final segment of the paving and repair project.

That stretch will be closed to people driving, walking or biking until fall 2019.

Overall construction work on Beach Drive began nearly two years ago with the first segment shutdown closest to downtown.

See a map of the Beach Drive work on the park service’s website.

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