The Capital Crescent Trail and the C&O Canal Towpath are two of the most heavily traveled bicycle and pedestrian trail routes in the region. At the Potomac Aqueduct, the existing concrete staircase is in poor condition—crumbling concrete stair risers, lack of a handrail, overgrown weeds, and graffiti—and does not provide a safe or functional connection between the two trails. On the Water Street level, the existing conditions are also poor, with packed dirt, loose gravel, overgrown weeds, and ponding water. This location is the logical meeting point for many users of the Capital Crescent Trail, the C&O Canal Towpath, and the Potomac River.
The Georgetown BID has contracted with Bradley Site Design, a Georgetown-based landscape architecture firm, to design and oversee construction of the project:
1. Create a safer pedestrian connection between the C&O Canal Towpath and the Capital Crescent Trail by rehabilitating the concrete staircase at the Potomac Aqueduct
2. Create a trailhead area for users of the Capital Crescent Trail, featuring seating, bike parking, landscaping, and improved drainage
The above rendering shows the proposed improvements to the staircase and the trailhead. View the full recommended design concept below.
The first public meeting for the Water Street Staircase Rehabilitation and Capital Crescent Trail Trailhead Project was held on Tuesday, August 25. Click here watch the recording of Public Meeting #1, and click here to view the meeting presentation.
Join us for Public Meeting #2 for the Water Street Trailhead Project. We will present the recommended design concept for the staircase and trailhead, and preview the next phases of the project.
What: Public Meeting #2 for the Water Street Trailhead Project
When: Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 6:30-7:30pm ET
Where: Virtually via Zoom. Click here to register.
The anticipated project schedule is as follows, though is subject to changes.