View Full Version : Construction on the NW Branch Trail near Route 1 in Hyattsville

09-22-2011, 09:36 AM
Don't know if it's short term or longer, but they were digging up the trail. Easy work around, though: just take a 50 meter or so cyclocross challenge through the grass around the bridge up to the Route 1 sidewalk, or backtrack a little bit and take the paved park spur up to 41st street by Rhode Island Reds. Here's the location (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=4700+rhode+island+ave+hyattsville+md&gs_upl=2402l2402l0l5600l1l1l0l0l0l0l78l78l1l1l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1032&bih=484&wrapid=tljp131670241167902&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89b7c717428c7a1d:0xd655bcf0f8a91f37,4700+R hode+Island+Ave,+Hyattsville,+MD+20781&gl=us&ei=0Uh7TsObGILX0QG2ibTUAg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CBwQ8gEwAA)(hopefully).

10-04-2011, 01:47 PM
Thanks for the info pal.

Justin Antos
10-04-2011, 07:26 PM
Yeah, I rode by this tonight. Looks like the trail pavement is being re-done? The small footbridge is blocked off with orange plastic fencing. The detour on 41st is not terribly well paved and a little rough going (potholes and mud, bring thick tires), but does enable crossing Rhode Island Ave with traffic. Alternatively, I saw folks riding on the grass up to RI Ave.

10-10-2011, 04:53 PM
Looks like they're repaving the basketball court and the trail section. Detour is though the grass or back through a (pothole filled) alley. They were working on it Saturday and today. Here's the grass version (definitely doable on a road bike, although Wednesday's rain forecast could create a mudbath):


Justin Antos
10-12-2011, 07:16 PM
I rode this again both detours tonight, and I think the cyclocross challenge on the grass up to RI is the lesser of the two evils - slightly preferable to the potholes and mud on 41st Pl, even in the rain. The grass path is almost starting to wear down to a dirt singletrack now.

10-13-2011, 09:56 AM
Looked like somebody piffed on the sidehill this morning. There was a mud scar with the telltale pattern of a horizontal bike slide.

10-25-2011, 09:51 AM
I talked to a construction worker this morning. Apparently the CX challenge detour will be with us for about two more months -- he said the project was supposed to be done by the first of the year. They're building a skatepark where the basketball court was.

11-03-2011, 09:07 PM
Here's the concept plan (http://www.pgparks.com/Assets/Parks+$!26+Recreation/Your+Parks/Melrose+Park+Concept+Plan.pdf): it will include a skate park, half-court basketball court, additional parking, and a straightened trail: