Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DC Water: Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park community update (dated 11-26-2013)

From: Emanuel D. Briggs <Emanuel.Briggs@dcwater.com>
To: Emanuel D. Briggs <Emanuel.Briggs@dcwater.com>
Cc: Emanuel D. Briggs <Emanuel.Briggs@dcwater.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:03 PM
Subject: RE: Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park Community Update
                                  

  
Greetings Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park Residents:

As we embark upon another Holiday Season, DC Water would like to provide you a “snap-shot” update on our projects in your area-

1)    Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project (2nd Street, NW, from Thomas Street to Florida Avenue, and 100 Blocks of Seaton Place NW and S Street NW)
·         2nd Street, from Thomas Street to Rhode Island Avenue
o   Installation of new water mains is now complete
o   Disinfection of new mains is now complete
o   Transfer of individual property service connections to the new mains is tentatively slated for completion in the upcoming two weeks (remaining work will be done concurrently with Seaton Place)

·         100 Block of Seaton Place
o   Installation of new water mains is now complete
o   Disinfection of new mains is tentatively slated for completion in the upcoming two weeks (remaining work will be done concurrently with Phase 1 of 2nd Street, highlighted above)
o   Transfer of individual property service connections to the new mains is also tentatively slated for completion in the upcoming two weeks (remaining work will be done concurrently with Phase 1 of 2nd Street, highlighted above)

·         2nd Street, from Rhode Island Avenue to Florida Avenue
o   Work along this portion of 2nd Street is pending, but will be starting in the coming weeks

·         100 Block of S Street
o   Work at this location is also pending, but will be starting in the coming weeks

·         Overall project is still on schedule for completion in January 2014, depending on favorable weather conditions

·         Milestones – This project has been coordinated closely with the First Street Tunnel construction. As such, the initial focus was placed on 2nd Street, NW, between Thomas Street and Rhode Island Avenue so that this portion of work would be completed prior to the start of the Tunnel. Our Contractor has, however, worked expeditiously to not only complete much of the work at this location, but has also completed water main installation on Seaton Place as well

For more information on this project, please contact Ms. Jill McClanahan, Construction Outreach Coordinator, at (202) 787-2202, or at jill.mcclanahan@dcwater.com.

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2)    First Street Tunnel
The First Street Tunnel Project is moving from final design into the construction phase. DC Water hired the design-build firm of Skanska-Jay Dee (SKJD) to perform the construction work. The tunnel project will begin in February 2014 and extend through March 2016.  Currently, DC Water is working with SKJD on preparing a series of public meetings tentatively scheduled for January 2014. The purpose of the meetings will be to introduce the contractor, describe the scope and schedule of the work in greater detail, and identify key community contacts during the project.  More details on these meetings and formal meeting notices will be forthcoming, so please stay tuned…

In the interim, DC Water is conducting pre-construction surveys for abutting properties with the aim of recording the pre-construction condition of homes within the zone of influence of the construction project. During the pre-construction surveys, DC Water staff take photographs and video of properties abutting the tunnel alignment.  This service is still available to property owners, so please contact Mr. Tom Lindberg with our Outreach team to schedule a survey or for more information. He may be reached at (202) 787-4738, or at thomas.lindberg@dcwater.com.

Concurrent with DC Water pre-construction surveys, Washington Gas and Pepco are in the neighborhood relocating utilities in advance of tunnel construction. A number of the service lines and direct connections are older and must be replaced, so check with Washington Gas or Pepco regarding the scope and schedule of the work near you. 

For Washington Gas – Huey J. Battle, Regional Manager/Community Involvement                     For Pepco – Chris Taylor, Public Affairs Manager, DC Region
                                          (202) 624-6792 or hbattle@washgas.com                                                                           (202) 872-3357 or crtaylor@pepco.com

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3)    Bryant Street Pumping Station Discharge Piping Replacement Project

·         Phase 1 of the project has been successfully completed, as pipe replacement and restoration of disturbed roads, sidewalks, curb and gutter and grassy areas has now been completed along portions of 2nd Street, Bryant Street and Adams Street

·         Milestones – Despite an initial completion date of August 2014 for Phase 1 of the project, our Contractor has worked expeditiously to complete this portion of the work approximately 11 months ahead of schedule! Phase 2, originally scheduled to start in August 2014 immediately following Phase 1, is currently underway. We anticipate an early completion for Phase 2 of the project as well, depending on favorable weather conditions and continued successful coordination with DC Water and other projects in the area.

·         For more information on this project, please contact Ms. Jill McClanahan, Construction Outreach Coordinator, at (202) 787-2202, or at jill.mcclanahan@dcwater.com.


For those of you who may have questions regarding construction activity during this week’s festivities – Per the mandated “Suspension Of Work In The District,” issued by DDOT for the Thanksgiving Holiday, non-emergency construction activities are not permitted on Wednesday, November 27 nor on Thursday, November 28. Work may resume as previously scheduled on Friday, November 29. I can tell you that, for our Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project, work will resume next Monday, December 2.

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With warm wishes for a Happy ThanksgivingJ

Emanuel D. Briggs | Manager, Community Outreach, External Affairs | District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority | emanuel.briggs@dcwater.com
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