Friday, August 09, 2019

message from DC Water: NEBT traffic and parking restrictions at 1st and Rhode Island Avenue NW

From: Hadiah Jordan
Sent: Friday, August 9, 2019 1:49 PM
NEBT: Traffic & Parking Restrictions at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW

Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project
First Street NW Pumping Station Construction Site Newsletter
August 9, 2019

Greetings, residents and businesses.

What have we been up to
at the First Street NW Pumping Station Construction Site?
  • Discovered a damaged District Department of Transportation (DDOT) conduit that needed immediate replacement. This resulted in delays in our original work schedule.
  • Applied for DDOT permits to do conduit work.
  • Constructed a new conduit across Rhode Island Ave NW.
What’s Next?
  • Finally able to set up our fence and site on Rhode Island Avenue, NW.
  • Relocate/Bypass existing utilities within our site.
  • Start jet grouting.

DC Water's contractor will begin preparations for jet grouting work at the intersection of First Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW, as a continuation of work associated with the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project. The contractor will install jet grout columns on the north side of the intersection at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW. One method of stabilizing the soil on the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project is a process known as jet grouting, a method of ground improvement that involves injecting cement and water into the soil at very high pressures to solidify and strengthen the ground.  The improved ground will allow safe excavation in the stabilized ground to connect the existing First Street Tunnel with the new Northeast Boundary Tunnel.

Work is expected to begin the week of August 12, 2019,  from 7 AM – 7 PM, Monday – Friday, and will continue for approximately eight (8) months (weather permitting).

Travel Restrictions
  • Rhode Island Avenue, NW between 2nd Street, NW and North Capitol Street, NW will be reduced to two lanes of traffic in each direction.
  • First Street NW between Thomas Street and Rhode Island Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic to 2nd Street, NW.
24/7 Parking Restrictions
  • Parking will be restricted on the north and south sides of Rhode Island Avenue, NW between North Capitol Street and 2nd Street, NW to allow for the lane shifts. 
  • There will also be restrictions to parking on both sides of First Street, NW between Thomas Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW.

Map of travel and parking restrictions on Rhode Island Avenue, NW and First Street, NW

Pedestrian Detours
  • The crosswalks will be closed at the intersection of First Street and Rhode Island Avenue where the construction activities will take place. Detour signs will be posted to direct pedestrians.
  • A new First Street crosswalk will be installed near Thomas Street.
  • The sidewalk on the south side of Thomas Street between the alley and First Street will remain closed.  Pedestrians must use the sidewalk along the north side of Thomas Street.

Map of the pedestrian detour on Rhode Island Avenue, NW and First Street, NW

Project Details
The Northeast Boundary Tunnel is the largest component of the Clean Rivers Project. It begins south of RFK Stadium and will 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 River by 98%.

Contact Us
24/7 Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project Hotline: (800) 988-6151
Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project Webpage:

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