Long term CCT closure east of Bethesda, for Purple Line construction

The Purple Line Transit Partners announced on 8/29/2017 that to construct the Purple Line Project, the trail east of Bethesda will close on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 for four to five years. This is the mainly unpaved trail between Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda and Talbot Avenue in Silver Spring, also called the GeorgeTown Branch Trail. It will re-open as a grade-separated paved trail next to the Purple Line, extended into downtown Silver Spring. For more information on the project and to see the signed official alternate route:

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) offers other alternate routes:


Capital Crescent Trail Detour due to Repairs to Upper Potomac Interceptor at Foundry Branch

Washington, DC - The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) is working on the Upper Potomac Interceptor (UPI) adjacent to the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) to prepare it for  re-activation.  Work so far has included the installation of a liner and repairs to manholes.  In August 2017, DC Water will start to work on the diverter box located at the Foundry Branch Tunnel.  In order to perform this work, users of the CCT will be detoured onto a parallel trail around the construction area.  This detour involves wooden ramps and sharp turns. The ramps will be coated to increase traction but may be slippery when wet. All cyclists are asked to slow down and use caution when traveling in this area. The detour will be in effect the week of July 31 and is expected to last 6-8 weeks.

Additionally, construction involves the use of heavy equipment and vehicles that travel on the CCT.  Closures of the CCT will be minimized but will occur from time to time to allow movement of equipment.  CCT users are also encouraged to use the C&O Canal Towpath to avoid this area.

The work is necessary to bring the UPI back into service and help prevent sewage spills during heavy rain events.  Construction should be completed in September 2017.


New Traffic Pattern at Trail crossing with Little Falls Parkway

Look for a new traffic pattern to improve safety at the intersection of Little Falls Parkway and the Capital Crescent Trail.  Work will start late December 2016 to improve safety at the trail crossing.  Little Falls Parkway will narrow from two lanes to one each way in the vicinity of the Capital Crescent Trail intersection.  The speed limit will be reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph.  Additional signs alerting motorists of pedestrians and bicyclists will also be installed. (Read the article)


CCT: TRAIL DETOUR in Downtown Bethesda! MONDAY May 26, 2015 for about 2 weeks

Please note that beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2015 the Capital Crescent Trail will begin to be detoured at Lot 31, between Bethesda Avenue and The Bethesda Rest plaza, to allow for the improvements to the (trail) CCT adjacent to the Lot 31 construction site to be constructed. The detour will last approximately 2 weeks, according to the developer.

The CCT trail will be detoured to the southern path of Lot 31 to Woodmont Avenue. Pedestrians will then utilize the sidewalks on Woodmont to continue on the trail or to reach Bethesda Avenue. Bikes will utilize the bike lanes on the roadway. To travel north bikers should utilize the mid-block crossing to reach the bike lane, traveling south bikes should cross at Bethesda/Woodmont to reach the southbound bike lane. (Variable message) VMS signs and directional signs will be placed directing the CCT detour. Please note: all access to the public parking garages will remain open.

In addition, the NW corner of Woodmont / Bethesda intersection will also undergo modifications at this time. Pedestrians will still be able to cross at this intersection, but should with caution. Signs will be set up for this improvement area also.

Thank you for your patience,

Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail Management