Wednesday, October 05, 2016

DC Water 1st Street Tunnel update 10-04-2016: final Tunnel Forum meeting slated for Thursday, 10-27-2016

From: Hadiah Jordan []
Sent: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 8:10 AM
Cc: Hadiah Jordan ;
Subject: FST Community Update 10-04-16

Greetings First Street Tunnel Stakeholders,

Thomas Street is open. The project continues to close out activities and release public space to the community. Our goal is to complete work at each Construction Service Area (CSA) and open streets as soon as possible. Major remaining work for the project includes reconnecting and restoring water and sanitary sewer lines in the CSA’s, and completing the shaft covers at V Street and Channing Street. We will also pave streets and sidewalks, restore landscaping, and demobilize the sites.

While our goal is to complete work at each CSA and open streets as soon as possible, the project has suffered some delays. Delays have been driven by the complexity in the restoration of water lines and the final repairs based on finished work inspections. We apologize for the delays. Our goal is to construct a First Street Tunnel that is a fully functional and high quality system.

As always, we appreciate your patience as we move to project completion. We will update you more frequently on the project progress and alert you of any changes.

The final Tunnel Forum Meeting:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Saint George’s Episcopal Church, 160 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Everyone is welcome!

Thank you to Rev. Kent Marcoux and the Saint George’s Episcopal Church family for generously allowing us to meet in your church home.                    

Updates at Construction Staging Areas (CSAs)

 Channing Street CSA:

·         Completing the mining shaft cover and backfilling the site to original levels.
·         Demobilizing, including the trailers and materials, and landscaping to be completed in November.
·         The Small Diameter Water Main Replacement (SDWMP) Project will be mobilizing in October and taking over Maintenance of Traffic on First Street NW north of Channing Street NW including maintaining road closure from Michigan Avenue NW to Channing Street NW through the beginning of February 2017.

Adams Street CSA:

·         Finalizing water and sanitary sewer utility restoration work on Adams Street.
·         Installing a bulkhead gate inside the diversion chamber structure which controls the flow of water into the drop shaft.
·         Restoring the streets and sidewalks.

Adams Street NW and Flagler Place NW are expected to reopen by October 31st.

V Street CSA:

·         Installing a bulkhead gate.
·         Restoring the streets and sidewalks on First Street.

First Street NW is anticipated to open in mid-October 2016 and V Street NW in the week of October 31, 2016.

Pumping Station CSA:

·         Testing of the Pumping Station continues, construction of permanent power, utility connections and site restoration ongoing.

Thomas Street NW is open. We are working with DDOT to replace the Residential Permit Parking signs.

Bryant Street Alternative Parking Area

As the First Street Tunnel Project moves towards completion this fall, our project team has been coordinating with DDOT and other DC Water departments about the future uses of the Bryant Street Equipment Yard through 2022. Below is a summary of the phases of use for the eastern portion of the site.

Phase 1, February - September 2016: DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project (DCCR) currently uses the entire site as an Alternative Parking Area (APA) for the First Street Tunnel Project.

Phase 2, October - February 2017: The Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project will use the eastern lot as an APA through the end of the construction project.

Phase 3, February 2017 - March 2018: The eastern lot will become a Residential Parking Permit area for Bloomingdale residents.

Phase 4, April 2018 - December 2022: DCCR will use the eastern lot as an APA for the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project.

Phase 5, January 2023: The eastern lot will be restored to greenspace.

DC Water will assure that the grounds of the site are well maintained and cleaned during all phases.

FEMS Door Mural Giveaways Ready for Pick-Up

All 30 of the decorative doors have been claimed by residents, community organizations and DC Water. Murals removed from the CSAs are temporarily stored at the Bryant Street APA. If you claimed a mural, please make arrangements as soon as possible to pick it up. If you have questions about the door(s) you have claimed, you may email Linda Bernhardt at

Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project Contacts

DC Water Construction Outreach Coordinator:

Tanya Hedgepeth,, 202-787-2202

DC Water Project Manager:

Peter Tinubu,, 202-787-4337

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
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  1. I can't wait for all those beautiful trees along 2nd St in 2023. Give me a break, like DC Water will keep it's pledge 7 years from now. Why don't they just keep the parking area in the old pipe yard (Bryant St APA)? They obviously found somewhere to store those pipes somewhere else.

    1. That's a good idea. The old pipe yard seems to just be used somewhat sparsely for parking, so why not make that the APA and accelerate the restoration?

    2. A combination greenspace / bikeshare station would be fantastic, actually.

  2. I raised both of those points with DC Water and was essentially blown off. Not to mention that an impermeable surface parking lot only exacerbates the runoff issues that gave rise to the need for the project in the first place. Agree that it's bad for our community to have lost the green space not just for the two (now three) years that the First Street Tunnel project has taken but for the 8 years total that they intend to take it now given the change in plans and think that the design they are showing for the area going forward does not adequately compensate the community for the loss we've endured. I think it would be great to have some combination of green space and park space and maybe even a water feature or two here (given that this is DC Water land) as gesture of understanding of the trouble that they have put us all through.