The Opening of a Multi-Use Trail in the District of Columbia

June 24, 2017

The Klingle Valley Trail for pedestrians and bicyclists was inaugurated in northwest Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser, mayor of the District of Columbia, cut a ribbon to formally open the 0.7-mile (1.1-kilometer) paved path. Other public officials in attendance included Leif Dormsjo, director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

Construction on the Klingle Valley Trail had begun during the summer of 2015, and it was a joint effort involving DDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Park Service, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and various other stakeholders. DDOT, along with helping to advance development of the trail during both the design and engineering phases, played a key outreach role through its public information meetings on the project.

The automobile-free route follows the alignment of a part of Klingle Road that had been closed off after it was severely damaged by floods in 1991. The trail passes under the section of Connecticut Avenue located just north of the National Zoo; bisects the Klingle Valley; runs parallel with Klingle Creek; and links up with other multi-use paths in the region.

Photo Credit: Abuelo Jack (licensed under Creative Commons)

For more information on the Klingle Valley Trail, please check out and


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