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NPS: Starting today, no vehicle access to Turkey Run Park until the fall

The entrance to the Turkey Run Loop Road from the northbound GW Parkway exit ramp (via Google Maps)

For the next six months, anyone who wants to visit Turkey Run Park in McLean will have to get there on foot.

All parking lots and the Turkey Run Loop Road that leads into the park from the George Washington Memorial Parkway will close today (Monday) for repair and repaving work, the National Park Service (NPS) announced this morning.

The park and its trails will still be open, but the only way to access them will be by walking on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

“The NPS will mill and resurface Turkey Run Loop Road and the parking lots within the park,” the park service said in a news release. “The NPS will complete full depth repairs for some road surfaces. All repaired pavement surfaces will also receive new pavement markings.”

The road and parking lot closures will remain in place through construction, which is expected to finish by Sept. 30.

According to the NPS, the road project is being funded by park entrance fees, which can be used “for construction projects that directly enhance visitors’ enjoyment and access.”

The scope of the closures is necessary for “safety and security protections” during construction, a record of determination approved by GW Parkway Superintendent Charles Cuvelier on March 23 says.

“The project will improve the driving experience and safety while retaining the beauty of the park,” the NPS said. “…The closures will not adversely affect the park’s natural, aesthetic, or cultural values. The closures do not require significant modification to the resource management objectives and are not of a highly controversial nature since this is similar to closures that have occurred in the past.”

Photo via Google Maps