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District Department of Transportation

Rehabilitation of Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail and Pedestrian Bridge Virtual Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Rehabilitation of Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail and Pedestrian Bridge Virtual Public Meeting

(Washington, DC) -- The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the National Park Service (NPS) will host a virtual public meeting to introduce the Rehabilitation of Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail and Pedestrian Bridge project. DDOT will rehabilitate and construct more than 3.7 miles of the paved, multi-use trail spanning Wards 1 through 4 from M Street in Georgetown to Broad Branch Road NW. This public meeting will give residents and stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about the project, the construction schedule, and what to expect during construction.

What:        

  • Public Meeting -- review of the project, construction schedule, and maintenance of traffic

When:       

  • March 18, 2021, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where:     

Accessibility:    ASL interpreters will be available. The meeting will be recorded, and captions will be added before the recording is posted on the project website.

The project consists of streambank stabilization, significant storm drain improvements, reconstruction of an existing retaining wall, trail reconstruction and widening, including the utilization of permeable pavement. The upgraded trail will be 8 feet to 10 feet wide and the surface material used will be dense mix asphalt and porous asphalt. These improvements will help drain stormwater from the project and result in reduced erosion and trail maintenance.

A key feature of the project is a new 110-foot pedestrian bridge just south of the existing Beach Drive tunnel near the Smithsonian National Zoo. The new bridge will move bicyclists and pedestrians away from the current narrow sidewalk directly adjacent to vehicular traffic to a safer, dedicated path that will improve connectivity between the Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail and the Zoo Loop Trail. The project will repair the streambank and trail that has previously collapsed near the National Zoo. The project will also add 0.9 miles of newly constructed trail alongside Piney Branch Parkway between Beach Drive and Arkansas Avenue NW, which will provide new access to the park and trail.

For more information about the project, please contact DDOT Program Manager, Zahra Dorriz at [email protected] or 202-391-8193, or visit the project webpage at https://ddot.dc.gov/page/rock-creek-park-multi-use-trail-and-pedestrian-bridge.

Can't Make a Meeting?

Materials from this meeting will be made available on the project website within 24 hours of meeting conclusion. Those who would like to leave a comment about the project can do so on the project website. You can also follow us on Facebook.com/DDOTDC and Twitter @DDOTDC.

Do you need assistance to participate?

If you need special accommodations, please contact Cesar Barreto at (202) 671-2829 or [email protected] 72 hours in advance of the meeting. If you need language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Karen Randolph at (202) 671-2620 or [email protected] 72 hours in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its projects, programs, activities, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related statutes.

In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code sec. 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in a violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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