Roosevelt Island project will close car access for months

WASHINGTON — Starting next week, visitors won’t be able to drive to Theodore Roosevelt Island for a few months.

The National Park Service said Wednesday that on March 1, they’ll close the parking lot for repaving and start realigning the Mount Vernon Trail, a project that they expect to last until late spring.

Along with realigning the trail, the park service is raising and widening it, as well as putting new curbs and gutters in the parking lot, the park service said in a statement.

Pedestrians will still be able to get to the island, and bicyclists on the Mount Vernon Trail will be able to use a detour to get around the construction, the park service said.

Drivers should park either at Daingerfield Island or Columbia Island, both of which are on the Mount Vernon Trail, or at public parking lots in Rosslyn, which the service said is the closest option.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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