Monday, October 31, 2016

today's DC Water 1st Street Tunnel community update

From: Hadiah Jordan [] On Behalf Of Hadiah Jordan
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 5:51 PM
Subject: FST Community Update 10/31/2016

Greetings First Street Tunnel Community,
Thank you, everyone, who was able to attend the final Tunnel Forum Meeting. It is exciting to say that we remain on target to have all CSAs removed by the beginning of November. SKJD is contacting homeowners to schedule removal of the instrumentation and monitoring devices. The Uber service will end on October 31, as will 24/7 security at the Bryant Street APA. However, the FST Hotline will remain active until November 23. Since insurance claims for FST construction damage must be initiated through the Hotline, we will inform you of how to initiate a claim after November 23.
Updates at Construction Staging Areas (CSAs)
Channing Street CSA: 
•    Demobilize trailers and materials, October and November 2016
•    Complete mining shaft cover and backfill, November 2016
•    Complete mechanical/electrical installations of Ventilation Control Vault adjacent to shaft, November 2016
•    Restore site and landscape, November 2016
•    Complete historical preservation work, November 2016
Adams Street CSA: 
•    Completed water, storm, sewer utility restoration on Adams Street
•    Completed 80-foot-long (12-inch diameter) water pipe under Adams Street near the shaft on Flagler Place
•    Sidewalks are open
•    Complete Adams Street restoration, October 2016
•    Opened Adams Street and Flagler Place on Saturday, October 29
•    Complete planting of trees and shrubs, October 31
•    Permanent paving of Adams Street will be completed by the Small Diameter Water Main Replacement project, winter 2017
V Street CSA: 
•    First Street is open
•    Completed installation of bulkhead gate
•    Completed V Street shaft internal structure/cover installation
•    V Street staging area to be cleared by November 1
•    V Street expected to open on November 1
Pumping Station CSA: 
•    Thomas Street is open
•    Complete fencing and landscaping, October 31
•    DDOT will pave the west alley from Bryant Street to Thomas Street; date to be determined by DDOT
Landscaping began last week and will continue through early November. We are planting a variety of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants which include:
Overcup Oak
Pink Gumbo Azalea
Big Blue Lilyturf
Nuttal Oak
Dwarf Gardenia

Sweetbay Magnolia

Willow Oak

Accolade Elm

London Planetree

Ginko Princeton Sentry

Shaun McKim, DDOT Urban Forester, emphasized that people need to be made aware that these new plantings aren’t going to grow overnight. It takes time for plants to grow and thrive. In an earlier Tunnel Forum Meeting, John Kennedy talked about sleep, creep, and leap, as follows:
  • Sleep = transplant. The transition from the pot to the ground is about one year. The plant is both recovering its root and getting used to its new surroundings.
  • Creep = some growth. During year 2, there is some growth that occurs.
  • Leap = growth. Beginning with year 3 of growth, the plant grows at its normal annual rate.
We are encouraging neighbors to water plants during dry periods to increase the chance of growth.
FEMS Door Mural Giveaways Ready for Pick-Up
If you claimed a door mural, please make arrangements as soon as possible to pick it up. You may email Linda Bernhardt at, if you have questions about the door(s) you have claimed. All 30 of the doors have been claimed by residents, community organizations, and DC Water. Murals removed from the CSAs are temporarily stored at the Bryant Street APA.
Small Diameter Water Main Replacement (SDWMR) Project Contacts
The SDWMR Project begins work the week of October 31. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Tanya Hedgepeth. 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 |
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