Saturday, December 21, 2013

DC Water: four public meetings in January 2014 to focus upon the scope and schedule of the 1st Street Tunnel construction

From: Emanuel D. Briggs <>
To: Emanuel D. Briggs <>
Cc: Emanuel D. Briggs <>
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 6:56 PM
Subject: RE: Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park Community Update


Greetings Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park Residents:

As you are aware, DC Water has been working diligently in recent weeks to coordinate another series of public meetings during which we plan to formally introduce our design-build contractor for the First Street Tunnel project and provide information about scope and schedule for the tunnel construction in greater detail.

The purpose for this email is to inform you that the meetings have now been scheduled. Similar to the first meetings held during the summer, there will be four meetings as each will focus on one of the identified construction staging areas during the project. Unlike the summer meetings, however, these will all be held at DC Water’s Bryant Street Pumping Station, located at 301 Bryant Street, NW. Each meeting has been scheduled for 7:00pm – 9:00pm, and please remember to bring photo identification for access to our facility.
The schedule of meetings, listed on the attached meeting notice, is as follows:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
·         Focus will be on McMillan cells used for Channing Street Mining Shaft

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
·         Focus will be on First and V Streets

Thursday, January 23, 2014
·         Focus will be on Flagler Place and Adams Street

Monday, January 27, 2014
·         Focus will be on First and Thomas Streets

***In case of inclement weather for one or more of the meetings, we will reschedule for another date in early February.***

As normal practice, we are with this email reaching out directly to many residents in the affected blocks with the electronic notice, and we will be placing the notice in the mail to residents as well. In addition, we will be hand delivering hard copies of the notice beginning Monday, December 23, and will also be placing the notice onto our website for added convenience. We hope that you will please plan to join us at one or more of the meetings so that we may address any comments, questions or concerns you have.

Aside from the public meetings, we are continuing our pre-construction field investigation work in the area in support of the First Street Tunnel. This phase of soil testing has already begun at Channing Street (McMillan Sand Filtration Site), and will soon be coming to Adams Street, V Street and Thomas Street. A total of 8 new site borings are being drilled from Wednesday, December 18, 2013 through Wednesday, February 5, 2014, weather permitting. Daily work hours will be from 7:00am to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday, and other important information on the field investigation work can be found on the attached notice, which will be mailed, hand delivered and posted to the DC Water website together with the public meeting notice.

We thank you for your continued interest, cooperation and support for our projects in your area, and we look forward to seeing you all at the meetings in the New Year!

With warm wishes for a Happy Holidays,
Emanuel D. Briggs | Manager, Community Outreach, External Affairs | District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority |
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