Problems Persist on Rock Creek Parkway
Many commuters have written in to ask what's going on with the National Park Service construction project along busy Rock Creek Parkway between P Street and Virginia Avenue in Washington. The parkway's right lane is blocked off on the southbound side and part of the P Street ramp is closed.
Here's a typical letter.
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
As a regular Rock Creek commuter, can you give me an update on when the heck they will finish the side they are working on and begin on the other? They closed the lane in April and I don't see any progress at all. With construction on the only other reasonable alternative (Foxhall Road), we are more or less stranded up here.
The park service says the southbound parkway exit to P Street has reopened and that work has switched to the portion that leads from P Street down to the southbound parkway. The scheduled switch over was delayed twice this week.
"People want to see progress made, and we understand that," said park service spokesman Bill Line. "There's not been as much progress as we would have liked either."
Line also reemphasized what he said back in March when announcing the project: There's a lot of work involved and it's going to take a long time. The work that began in April is scheduled to include roadway reconstruction, bridge deck resurfacing, stone median replacement, widening of the trail that parallels the parkway, repaving of the parkway, drainage work and curb replacement. It's not scheduled to be done until next spring.
Last month, the park service said that the hot weather had delayed the pouring of concrete at the P Street ramp portion of the project. But the date for completing the first part of that effort has been pushed back several times since then.
"The contractor just hasn't performed as well as we would have liked or as quickly as we would have liked on that," Line said. "We're monitoring it closely and putting pressure on the contractor to finish that work."
Talking about the impact of the overall project, Line continues to recommend that drivers find alternative routes to and from work.
I've driven the parkway a few mornings during the past month -- when the volume would have been lighter than normal -- and found traffic flow tolerable during the rush period, with the three lanes open southbound. It slows significantly after the morning rush, when there's only one southbound lane open. You can see what that looks like in the accompanying photos.
Have you found workable alternatives that you can share with those still stuck on the parkway?
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