Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DC Water 1st Street Tunnel Community Update -- August 2016; plus info on the Family Water Festival !

From: Hadiah Jordan []
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:05 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: RE: First Street Tunnel Community Update-- August 2016

*with attachment
Greetings First Street Tunnel Stakeholders,

DC Water is diligently working towards making the First Street Tunnel operational by late September 2016.  Construction is behind schedule due to the excavation of the frozen ground taking longer than anticipated and delays in the delivery of some key custom fabricated equipment. Major remaining work includes the testing of the system, demolition of temporary works and street restoration. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience as we move to project completion.

Updates at Construction Staging Areas (CSAs)

 Channing Street CSA:  Finalizing construction of the shaft cover and ventilation control vault, backfilling and landscaping.

Adams Street CSA: Installing surface access on the shaft cover, demolition of temporary works, backfilling and site restoration is ongoing. Adams Street NW and Flagler Place NW are expected to reopen at the end of October 2016. The CSA on Flagler Place has been reduced, the street partially repaved and most of the sidewalk restored.

V Street CSA: Finalizing construction of the shaft cover, demolition of temporary works, utility relocations, backfilling and site restoration is ongoing. First Street NW is anticipated to open in mid-October 2016 and V Street NW by the end of October 2016.

Pumping Station CSA: Testing of the Pumping Station is underway, construction of permanent power, utility connections and site restoration ongoing. Thomas Street NW is anticipated to reopen at the end of September 2016.

Water Fun for Everyone!

DC Water extends a special invitation to residents in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods to its first Family Water Festival!

Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Bryant Street Pumping Station, 301 Bryant Street, NW

Enjoy lots of family-friendly activities, including face painters, balloon artists and a photo opportunity with Wendy the Water Drop.

Please contact to confirm your attendance. Please share this link ( and the attached invitation with your friends and neighbors.

Updates on FEMS Door Mural Giveaways

All 30 of the decorative doors have been claimed by residents, community organizations and DC Water. All murals are currently temporarily stored at the Bryant Street APA. If you claimed a mural, please make arrangements to pick it up.

Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project

Construction of the Small Diameter Water Main Project is expected to begin in September 2016. Some portions of the First Street Tunnel CSAs will be restored as part of this Project to mitigate rework. First Street from McMillan Drive NW to Channing Street NW will remain closed through February 2017 to assist with the construction of DC Water’s Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project.  Contact Tanya Hedgepeth,, (202-787-2202) for any questions concerning the upcoming Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project.

If you have any questions or concerns about the FST Project, please call the 24/7 Hotline at 1-844-FST-INFO (1-844-378-4636). Please continue to check our web site for updated project information ( 


Hadiah S. Jordan, Public Outreach Coordinator | DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water |
5000 Overlook Avenue, SW | Washington, DC 20032 | t (202) 787-4717 | f (202) 787-4476
Water is Life! | Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | LinkedIn


  1. I'll believe it when I see the fences coming down. Until then these are just new meaningless dates that will likely be pushed back. Wish it wasn't the case but they have inspired much confidence.