Heads up, Rock Creek Trail users. Your route is about to be disrupted by a substantial construction project that will re-route a portion of the regional trail system for several weeks.
On Monday, Aug. 17, a portion of the existing trail – east of NW West Union Rd., in the Bethany neighborhood – will close so that Clean Water Services can install a larger capacity sewer pipe. Construction is scheduled to continue, Monday-Saturday, through October.
To avoid a complete trail closure of this highly-trafficked trail, our friends at CWS have constructed 8-foot hard surface trails that will detour users past the construction zone. The detour will extend the route by about .4 miles, so plan accordingly.
Eastbound travelers will be re-routed to a new paved path leading into a residential neighborhood at the intersection of NW 177th Ave. and NW Blacktail Dr. The detour extends along Blacktail and veers right onto NW 171st Pl., where an easement extends to the Stoller Creek Greenway. A left turn onto the Stoller Creek path will reconnect users to the trail east of the construction zone.
Users who enter the Rock Creek Trail from the north, via NW Reindeer Dr., may still do so. A new connector, west of the construction zone, will deliver users to the detour point.
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Upon completion of the project, Clean Water Services will upgrade the trail in and beyond the construction zone, providing a 2-inch asphalt overlay and 2-foot gravel shoulders on more than 1900 feet of trail extending from NW West Union Rd. to the bridge near the intersection of the Rock Creek Trail and the Stoller Creek Greenway.