Now people can finally stop asking me about it all the time. Sheesh.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will rebuild the trail along Beach Drive. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will finish the trail work in late 2016/early 2017. For a community that has been waiting for over a decade, construction on the trail will be a welcomed sight.
I think we all know what Joe Biden would say about this. This is not just a rehab project, when finished the trail will be better than ever - wider, safer and with a section in the tunnel. But wait, there's more.
The trail will be reconstructed in conjunction with a complete rebuild of Beach Drive from the Rock Creek Parkway to the Maryland border.
During construction, FHWA will close both Beach Drive and the Rock Creek Park Trail. But WABA is working to ensure reasonable detours.
The full 3.7 mile trail rehabilitation will not be complete when FHWA finishes their work next summer. DDOT is responsible for all trail sections across the creek from Beach Drive and along Rock Creek Parkway (south from Beach Drive), along with the new spur trail along Piney Branch Parkway. DDOT intends to complete design phase for their trail sections by August 2016 and begin construction in the fall of 2016. The agency plans to finish the entire trail reconstruction in 2017.