According to a NPS announcement: The National Park Service (NPS) has begun a trail improvement project on Rock Creek Parkway between the Kennedy Center and Virginia Ave N.W. The multi-use trail will be closed for approximately 4 weeks for reconstruction which began on Monday, May 18, 2009.
The work to be done includes removing the existing asphalt on the multipurpose trail and replacing it with new asphalt, constructing a new promenade with bench seating, installing new lighting and a bike rack, installing new trash receptacles and new trees will be planted. The project also includes resurfacing the bridge deck and replacing the handrails on the Thompson’s Boat Center Bridge. The planned final completion date for all work is July 1, 2009.
Detour signs directing Trail users will be in place prior to work beginning. No impacts to motor vehicle traffic are anticipated.
Inclement weather may require adjustments to the schedule. The NPS will continue to inform the public and the media of any adjustments in the work schedule. Every effort is being made to minimize traffic delays and accomplish the work in a timely manner.