Norton Announces Opening of NPS Public Comment Period on Beach Drive

Jul 9, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 29, 2021, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) held a virtual community meeting on whether the portion of Beach Drive NW that has been closed to vehicles during the pandemic should remain closed permanently. Yesterday, the National Park Service (NPS), which owns the road, held a public meeting on the closure and  opened an initial public comment period through August 22, 2021. For information on how to submit comments, residents should visit

“After hearing various viewpoints about the closure of Beach Drive, I think it is important to find a solution that allows all residents to use Beach Drive,” Norton said. “I strongly encourage constituents to use the public comment period to engage and share their opinions with NPS, as NPS will make the final decision on the road.”