NPS announced on Wednesday that work on the three-year rebuild of Beach Drive and parts of the Rock Creek Park Trail will begin after Labor Day. So this headline is still true, if you just ignore the year.
The project will be completed in four segments. Each segment of Beach Drive will be closed in both directions 24/7 during work. Prior to work beginning on each segment, the National Park Service will post upcoming road work and road closure information on this webpage, so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can plan their trip through, and around Rock Creek Park. The project includes full depth pavement reconstruction, which requires excavating the entire area and placing a new gravel base before new asphalt paving; improvements to pedestrian and bicycle trails in collaboration with the DDOT; DC Water storm drain rehabilitation and improvement projects; installation and upgrades of raised pavement markers, centerline rumble strips, guardrails and road signs to provide safer road conditions for drivers; parking area reconstruction and rehabilitation; traffic signal and streetlight replacement; and the rehabilitation of six bridges.
The four segments of the project are:
Segment 1 - Connecticut Ave NW to Tilden St NW
Segment 2 - Tilden St NW to Broad Branch Rd
Segment 3 - Broad Branch Rd to Joyce Rd
Segment 4 - Joyce Rd to DC/MD Border
For a review of what this means for trail users you can see this post from last April. I will point out that the new bridge over Rock Creek just south of the tunnel will not be included in this project and will instead be done in later work to be performed by DDOT. I'm not sure if that was always the plan and I misunderstood, or if that is a change. Reportedly, DDOT was trying to get the designs finished in time or to rearrange the segment schedule, but the DC Water work won't wait.
The final designs for the complementary DDOT project are on track to be completed in the fall with construction starting in 2017.