Coal Creek Trail is being transformed into a trail that will link two of the nation’s most iconic monuments, a plan that would boost the park’s visitor count and help the region reclaim its natural beauty.
The $15 million project would add a pedestrian bridge over Coal Creek, which once formed the western bank of the Potomac River.
The bridge will span the creek, create a new trail, and create a parking area for visitors to park.
It would also connect the park to the National Mall.
The new trail would run along the eastern bank of Coal Creek between the White House and the Capitol.
The trail is currently on the right-of-way, but officials hope to make it a two-lane trail that would allow cars to use it.
A visitor from Washington, D.C., walks the trail during the opening ceremony of the National Museum of American History on May 4, 2018 in Washington.
The project is one of a series of changes planned by the Trump administration that are expected to help boost tourism and generate economic development in the region.
The plan is part of a wider effort by the administration to revitalize the region, a goal that drew criticism from some conservationists.
The park and the federal government, which owns the area, were the main beneficiaries of the monument status in 2015.
The park has been plagued by construction projects that have damaged or destroyed much of the park, including a controversial $1.4 billion dam that could burst if the river were to overflow.