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Kennedy Center Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail Pedestrian Tunnel Access and Safety Improvements, and Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway (Route 16) Rehabilitation

Project Description

This project is a collaboration between the National Park Service, Federal Highway Administration and the Kennedy Center.  The project starts north of inlet bridge along Ohio Drive and ends along Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway at Virginia Avenue NW. Rock Creek Park Trail will be widened from 8 feet to 10-14 feet and there will be spot pavement patches and mill and overlay on Rock Creek Parkway. Work items include asphalt concrete pavement mill and overlay, full-depth asphalt concrete pavement patching, signing, pavement markings, lighting and other miscellaneous work.  While this project is ongoing, several detours and closures will be put in place that will vary as needed over the length of the project.  The multi-use trail next to the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway will be temporarily closed. During closures, pedestrians and bicyclists can follow the signed detour route along Virginia Avenue NW to 23rd Street NW to access the open portion of the trail. The trail closure will not be continuous, and the project team will work to limit disruptions to multi-use trail access to maintain safety.

For more information on improving multi-use trails around the National Mall, and for weekly updates on project detours, please visit:

Anticipated Timeline

Advertisement and Award:  Fall/Winter 2020/2021
Construction:  Spring 2021 - Spring 2023

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