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Transportation Options during the Rehabilitation of Beach Drive

Monday, September 19, 2016
From September 22, 2016 – Spring 2017, work will be focused on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Tilden St NW

(Washington, DC) The Beach Drive rehabilitation project will begin on or about September 22, and is projected to last up to three years. The project will be completed in four segments. Each segment of Beach Drive will be closed in both directions 24/7 during work. The trail will be adjacent to the construction site, and at various stages, the trail may be detoured or shifted. Be alert for any construction-related changes. Wear reflective clothing, turn on your lights (safety first!) and enjoy the scenery.

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. More info and construction updates from the National Park Service.

Updated Mitigation Strategy as of September 30, 2016.

BUSES Traveling North/South

L1 – Connecticut Avenue Line Route and Schedule

Chevy Chase Circle, Van Ness-UDC station, Cleveland Park Station, Woodley Park station, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom-GWU station, Potomac Park

37 – Wisconsin Ave Limited Line Route and Schedule

Friendship Heights, Fessenden Street, Tenleytown-Au station, Van Ness, Porter Street, Woodley Road, Massachusetts Avenue & Garfield St., Dupont Circle station, M Street, Farragut Square

BUSES Traveling East/West

DC Circulator – Green Line Route and Schedule Route and Schedule

Woodley Park - Adams Morgan - McPherson Square

H2, H4 – Crosstown Line Route and Schedule

Tenleytown-AU station, Cleveland Park, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights station, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center, Brookland-CUA station


The Rock Creek Trail along Beach Drive will remain open and accessible to bicyclists and pedestrians during Segment 1A construction.

Walking – Scenic Route, East Route, West Option

Use the trail during the day along Beach Drive for a direct route, about 1.8 miles, 40 min walking.

The best route on the western side is along Connecticut Ave, about 2.1 miles, 48 min walking.

The best route on the eastern side of the park is along Park Rd NW, 2.3 miles, 50 minutes. 


To ride across the park from East to West, use Calvert Street (signed bike route), Tilden St NW, Klingle Rd NW and Porter St NW.  Use Rock Creek trail (parallel to Beach Drive) for a direct route, about 2.6 mi, 18 min biking. Wear reflective clothing, turn on your lights (safety first!) and enjoy the ride.

Capital Bikeshare – Get a Bike for $2 Per Trip More Info

For one of the most convenient ways to get around the city and park, get a red bike for $2 per trip. Download the SpotCycle app to see a map of stations and available bicycles. 


Commuter Connections Learn More and Register

Ridematching program will match you with a carpool or vanpool – reducing road congestion and freeing up parking.

uberPOOL and Lyft Line allow you to share your ride with others in the same direction and pay less for your trip. Split provides sustainable and affordable shared rides instantly connecting you with people traveling in the same direction.

DRIVING Alternative Routes

Drivers should seek alternative routes, including Connecticut Avenue, 16th Street, Georgia Avenue, and Wisconsin/Massachusetts to bypass the impacted area. A signed roadway detour will be provided (see below), but drivers are encouraged to seek alternative routes for the full length of their journey.


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