Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project First Street NW Construction Site Traffic Advisory
February 13, 2019
Restrictions on Unit Block of Rhode Island Avenue NW
(Washington, DC) – DC
Water is preparing for its Northeast Boundary Tunnel by locating
underground utilities at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue,
NW and First Street, NW. The work will consist of drilling holes
and small excavations in Rhode Island Avenue, NW to locate possible
Work will begin around February 19, 2019, weather permitting, and
continue for approximately one week between 9:30 AM and 3:30
PM. The work will occur on the unit block of Rhode Island
Avenue, NW. Parking restrictions on both sides of First Street, NW
will be in place between Thomas Street, NW, and Rhode Island
Avenue, NW. During work hours, eastbound traffic will not be
permitted to make a left turn onto First Street, NW from Rhode
Island Avenue. After 3:30 PM, crews will temporarily restore the
roadway to allow through travel and normal parking to occur
overnight until the next working day. Signs that outline the
activities and limits of parking restrictions will be posted.
Westbound Rhode Island Avenue, NW will be reduced
to one lane between North Capitol Street, NW and First Street,
Parking restrictions will be in place on the
westbound side of the unit block of Rhode Island Avenue, NW
between North Capitol Street and First Street, NW.
First Street, NW will be closed to northbound
traffic between Rhode Island Avenue, NW and Thomas Street, NW.
Parking will also be restricted on both sides of
First Street, NW between Thomas Street, NW and Rhode Island
People who live or work near the affected location
may notice additional equipment and personnel as well as noise
associated with construction activities.
Commuters and pedestrians may notice road signs
and/or flagging personnel directing them around the work site.
The Northeast Boundary Tunnel is the largest component of the Clean
Rivers Project and will start south of RFK Stadium and extend north
to Rhode Island Avenue, NE, and west to 6th Street, NW.
When complete, the approximately five-mile long tunnel will
significantly reduce chronic flooding in areas it serves, as well
as reduce the amount of combined sewer overflows into the Anacostia