Runners, walkers and cyclists on the Capital Crescent Trail may have noticed a wall being constructed near the overpass that crosses River Road.
It’s the latest Montgomery Parks effort to maintain the popular hike-and-bike trail that runs from Georgetown in Washington, D.C., through Bethesda and over to Silver Spring.
The low, freestanding wall, called the River Road Safety Wall project, will run for 350 feet from the south end of the bridge near River Road to just past the property of a nearby business, Landscape Projects, said Abbi Irelan, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Department of Parks. There will be a pedestrian break in the wall, where users will be able to access River Road. Once the wall is complete it will be faced with natural stone, Irelan said.
The safety wall is being built to stop vehicles from encroaching on the trail, Irelan said, which will make the trail safer.
Erin Kaufman, who runs on the trail several times a week and often bikes there with her 6-year-old son, agreed with the need for the wall.
“I run past it often and I get a little nervous running along that part of the trail,” Kaufman said. “Right now, there’s no definition between the road and the trail.”
Workers also are upgrading the gravel shoulders and drainage trenches from Bethesda Avenue to the Washington, D.C., line.
The project is expected to cost around $300,000 and to be completed by mid-June to early July.