As GreaterGreaterWsahington points out, the district is moving ahead with plans to reopen Klingle Road.
The 17-year wait for restoration of Klingle Road through Northwest D.C. may finally be coming to an end, as Mayor Adrian Fenty's proposed 2009 budget includes $2 million to jump-start the controversial project.
WABA, among other groups on this woefully out of date website, is against the restoration of the road. They point out in this letter from 1999 that the Park service offered to assume responsibility for the road and remove it. There's no doubt that it would make an excellent trail (paved or otherwise).
Fenty has always supported reopening the road so this isn't a big surprise. One of the options in the Klingle Road Feasability Study done by DDOT in 2001 was called the Bicycle, Recreation, and Facility Management option. "The Bicycle, Recreation, and Facility Management option would have converted the closed portion of Klingle Road to a bike path with appropriate resurfacing while permanently banning vehicular traffic." It was eliminated in response to the Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Act of 2003.
Several of the road rebuild options included a bike trail, but after consultation with NPS this was changed to a "recreation path." [NPS is requiring them to limit the footprint, so they took out the bike trail instead of a lane of traffic] Of the six proposals, two include the path. In both of those the path is 4 feet wide. It doesn't matter too much since I suspect most cyclists will ride in the road - which should please drivers if Beach Drive is any indication. A final option hasn't been selected yet (that's what the $2 million is partly for). The Sierra Club supports the two with the path - though really they want to not rebuild. RepairKlingleRoad supports the two way road without a path - which is also DDOT's preferred alternative.
I'd like to see WABA get back into this fight. It ain't over till it's over as they say. Mary Cheh opposes the reopening.
“That area is a gorge subject to very serious flooding and we can expect to spend millions more to prevent the road from eroding yet again,” Cheh said in an e-mail.
A lot has changed since 2003 (including most of the city council, the cost of gasoline and people's views on global warming). It would make an excellent bike trail.