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Rock Creek Trail Facility Plan & Renovation Project Stream Valley Units 1, 2 and 3

Division: Park Development

Project Description

This project was created to improve the conditions along the Rock Creek Trail within Stream Valley Units 1, 2 and 3 (SVU 1-3). The study area is comprised of 7 miles of hard surface trail through the Rock Creek Stream Valley Park from the D.C. line, just south of East West Highway, to the CSX railroad bridge near Knowles Avenue in Kensington (See Study Area Map).

The overall goal of the Facility Plan project was to identify opportunities to enhance the natural environment along the trail, reduce frequency of trail maintenance, as well as improve safety, pavement conditions, drainage, and accessibility.

The Facility Planning process typically includes development of a thirty percent (30%) level of design, a detailed cost estimate, incorporation of community feedback, and determination of regulatory feasibility.  The Facility Plan process concludes with a request for Planning Board approval to fund planned improvements through the Capital Improvements Program (CIP).

The Rock Creek Trail Facility Plan project began with an overall assessment of trail conditions within the 7 mile study area with a primary intent of identifying flood-prone segments of trail that can be relocated to less sensitive locations in order to improve environmental conditions and reduce maintenance costs.  Trail renovation concepts that included these realignment ideas were presented to the public during a Community Meeting on November 13, 2013.  Following the meeting, Parks Staff incorporated community feedback by adjusting the proposed trail alignment.

As the Facility Plan project progressed, trail conditions continued to deteriorate at a rapid rate.  As a result of this and general community opposition to the significant re-alignment of the trail, the Parks Department decided to re-allocate funding towards the immediate and permanent repair of the trail in its current location. The Rock Creek Trail will be re-constructed in its current locationbetween Connecticut Avenue west to the Franklin Street crossing.  Construction is expected to begin in August 2015.  Construction will include re-pavement of the trail, minor improvements to drainage, and environmental enhancements.

The remaining recommendations and findings of the Facility Plan project within the 7-mile study area will be presented for funding consideration during the upcoming Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Work Sessions. You can view the current status of the CIP here.

Background

The Rock Creek Trail is located in the Rock Creek stream valley corridor which contains mature trees, floodplains, wetlands, seeps, small tributaries, and developed park facilities. A significant portion of the trail is located along Rock Creek where occasional flooding and sediment deposits require recurring maintenance by Parks Staff. As a result of continuous flooding and sedimentation, drainage and pavement conditions have deteriorated over time.

Status/Project Update

*IMPORTANT PROJECT UPDATE* – The Parks Department has decided to re-allocate funding towards the immediate and permanent repair of the trail in its current location.  The Rock Creek Trail will be re-constructed in-place between Connecticut Avenue west to the Franklin Street crossing.  Construction is expected to begin in August 2015.  Construction will include re-pavement of the trail, minor improvements to drainage, and environmental enhancements.  Phase I of construction is expected to be completed by October 2015.  Phase II of construction was completed in September 2016 with tree removal and trail realignment.

Phase III of construction is scheduled to begin April 2017.  Work will require the re-closure of the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail from Beach Drive and Franklin Street to the Saul Road trail connector. The construction is expected to be completed by the Summer 2017.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

DATE TIME

DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES

LOCATION

November 13, 2013
7pm – 9pm
Community Meeting to solicit community input
1.) A PDF of the presentation
2.) Summary of the community meeting and post-meeting comments
3.) Preliminary trail renovation drawings:
– a. Proposed preliminary trail alignment
– b. Proposed trail conditions plan
– c. Section board
Meadowbrook Park Activity Building
7901 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Spring/Summer 2014
Revise Facility Plan documents based on Community Meeting feedback.  Assess project feasibility and coordinate with regulatory agencies
Winter 2014
Develop Preferred Plan
May 2015
Facility Plan Project placed on hold.  See Project Description for details (above)
August 2015
Construction begins.  In-place trail reconstruction between Connecticut Avenue west to the Franklin Street crossing.  See Status/Project Update (above)
October 2015 Phase I Construction completed
September 2016 Phase II Construction completed Trail to be closed from trail connector Beach Drive and Franklin Street to Saul Road trail connector.
April 2017 Phase III Construction schedule to begin Trail to be closed from trail connector Beach Drive and Franklin Street to Saul Road trail connector.

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Lucas Bonney, Project Manager
Lucas.Bonney@MontgomeryParks.org
301-495-2595

Jay Childs, Construction Manager
301-495-2595

Jay.Childs@MontgomeryParks.org

Last Updated: July 18, 2017