Park Service modifies Beach Drive project schedule

The Beach Drive project is scheduled to last until fall 2019 in various phases. (Brian Kapur/The Current/May 2017)

As part of the ongoing reconstruction of Beach Drive NW, work is expected to start in early June on the stretch between Porter Road and Piney Branch Parkway, according to the latest updates from the National Park Service.

Two-way traffic will be maintained in this area during construction with the addition of a temporary lane — a change from previous plans to shut down the stretch of road.

Construction on the broader “Segment 1” of the project, between Rock Creek Parkway and Park Road/Tilden Street, is scheduled to wrap up by mid to late summer, the Park Service says.

Beach Drive suffered from poor conditions for years before the project began. (Brian Kapur/The Current/July 2016)

Once that segment is complete, work will begin on the northern stretch of Beach Drive from Tilden up to Joyce Road and then Military Road. Previously, the agency had planned to separate the work in that northern area into two phases, but the construction periods will now overlap and detour routes will adjust accordingly. The Park Service explained that creating one larger construction segment “increases efficiency and could allow the project to finish ahead of schedule.”

Currently, the total Beach Drive project — which involves pavement reconstruction, rehabilitation of six bridges, improvements to bike and pedestrian trails, and traffic signal replacements, among other work — is scheduled to end in fall 2019, three years after its start date.

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