Tunnel Project Florida Avenue NW
Construction Site June 26, 2019
Greetings residents and businesses.
Overnight Delivery of
On or about Tuesday, July 9, 2019, DC Water's contractor will
deliver a drill rig, which is a large piece of construction
equipment, to the Florida Avenue NW Construction Site, located on 3rd
Street, NW between Florida Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue, NW. In
order to relieve chronic sewer flooding, DC Water is constructing a
diversion facility on 3rd Street NW which will include a
diversion chamber, a 20-foot diameter drop shaft, and other structures
to convey flow from the existing sewer to the Northeast Boundary
Tunnel. The drill rig will be used in the construction of the
Because of the size of the drill rig, it will be necessary to
deliver it during hours when traffic is reduced on Rhode Island
Avenue. The estimated time of this delivery will be between 2:00 AM
and 4:00 AM. The equipment is being moved from its current position
at the Rhode Island NE Construction Site to the 3rd
Street, NW site.
A drill rig like the one in the above photo will be
delivered unassembled to the Florida Avenue NW Construction
Residents should be advised they may
experience noise from trucks and the removal of the drill rig from
a large flatbed vehicle. Assembly of the drill rig will not occur
during the overnight hours. The drill rig will be assembled during
regular construction hours, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday – Friday.
Drop Shaft Secant
Pile Work to Begin
On or about the same day, July 9, work will begin within the fenced
construction site to install secant piles as support for the
excavation of the drop shaft. For this work, which is expected to
be completed in 12 weeks, 3rd Street, NW will continue
to be closed to traffic and sidewalk closures will be in place as
well as a pedestrian detour on 3rd Street NW.
The crosswalks across 3rd Street at
Florida Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue, NW will be reduced in
width but will allow for continued and safe pedestrian
crossing during construction.
The pedestrian detour is indicated by green arrows.
The crosswalks at 3rd Street and Florida Avenue, NW and 3rd
Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW will be open.
People who live or work near the affected locations
will notice additional construction equipment and personnel as
well as noise associated with construction activities.
Commuters and pedestrians will notice road signs
and/or flagging personnel directing them safely around the
work site. Please slow
down, stay calm, and be patient as you approach the work zone.
Pedestrians will notice signage for the closed
sidewalks reducing access. Follow the pedestrian detour to safely cross 3rd