Rock Creek Trail Environmental Assessment Released

The National Park Service (NPS), along with DDOT and FHWA have released their environmental assessment for the Rock Creek Trail.

The preferred alternative includes:

  • Resurfacing and widening the trail (Alternative 3)
  • Creating an 8 ft. spur trail to Peirce Mill (Option B)
  • Resurfacing the Rose Park Trail at 6 ft. width (Option B)

The full document is available HERE, and a public hearing will be held December 14 from 6pm to 8pm at the Columbia Heights Education Campus at 3101 16th Street, NW. (When you’ve finished commenting, you can join us at Big Bear Cafe to celebrate this step toward a much-improved trail.)

Full announcement below:

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND PUBLIC HEARING:

ROCK CREEK PARK MULTI-USE TRAIL REHABILITATION

The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) would like to announce the availability of the Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA analyzes a range of alternatives for the rehabilitation of this multi-use trail located within Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. The rehabilitation would cover the section of the trail from Broad Branch Road, NW to P Street, NW, including an existing social trail from Broad Branch to Peirce Mill. The project also would include part of the Rose Park trail from M Street to P Street, NW, and the Piney Branch Parkway trail from Beach Drive to Arkansas Avenue, NW.

As provided for by regulations guiding the implementation of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended (NHPA), the EA also provides documentation to comply with Section 106 of that act in support of a Finding of No Adverse Effect on cultural resources (36 CFR 800.8(c)). The District of Columbia State Historic Preservation Office (DCSHPO) concurred with this determination on October 19, 2011. Consulting parties wishing to comment on the finding of no adverse effect may do so by commenting on the EA.

EA NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY

WHEN: The EA will available for public review on December 2, 2011.

WHERE: The EA will be available to review in its entirety at the NPS’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website:

(http://parkplanning.nps.gov/RockCreekTrail Rehab) and the following District locations:

District Department of Transportation, Infrastructure Project Management Administration: 55 M Street SE, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20003

National Capital Planning Commission Library: 401 9th Street, NW – North Lobby, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library: 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC  20001

Cleveland Park Branch Library: 3310 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC  20008

Mount Pleasant Interim Library: 3162 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Tenley-Friendship Library: 4450 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Rock Creek Park Headquarters: 3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW, Washington, DC 20008-1207

Rock Creek Park Nature Center: 5200 Glover Road NW, Washington, DC 20015

Rock Creek Park Peirce Barn: 2401 Tilden Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Only written comments can be accepted. You may submit comments electronically at NPS’s PEPC website (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/RockCreekTrailRehab) or by mail at the following address:

Austina Casey, Project Manager

District Department of Transportation

Infrastructure Project Management Administration

Attn: Rock Creek Trail EA

55 M Street SE, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20003

Comments must be received no later than January 13, 2011.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

In cooperation with the FHWA, DDOT and NPS will be hosting a public hearing to provide interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed action and the EA.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Open House: 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Presentation and Comments: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Auditorium

3101 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20010

Registrations to provide comments will be accepted on a first come, first served basis starting at 6:00 p.m. The first twenty (20) individuals to register are guaranteed the opportunity to comment. Comments are limited to two (2) minutes.

DDOT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its projects, programs, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, or gender, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or on the basis of disability as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Austina Casey at  (202) 673-6813 or by email at austina.casey@dc.gov at least four days in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS: The Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) is located one block from the Columbia Heights Metro Station on the Green Line. The Campus is adjacent to the Headquarters of the DC Parks and Recreation and the Capital City Charter School. The CHEC is located on the corner of 16th and Irving Streets, NW.

For more information visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/RockCreekTrailRehab