Tunnel Project Florida Avenue NW Construction Site Update May 1, 2020
Here is a
follow-up to a previous notice regarding some scheduled work as
part of the Florida Avenue NW Construction Site that will take
place on Rhode Island Avenue NW, between 3rd Street NW
and Florida Avenue NW.
Median Removal on Rhode Island Avenue
Starting on the week of May 4, 2020, DC Water’s contractor will
begin removing portions of the medians on Rhode Island Avenue
between 2nd Street NW and 3rd Street NW and
between 3rd Street and Florida Avenue NW. It is
necessary to remove the median portions to allow for lane shifts
and create a work area on Rhode Island Avenue to support of the
Florida Avenue Construction Site.
Once median removal is complete, DC Water’s contractor will begin
the mobilization of a construction work area on Rhode Island Avenue,
between 3rd Street and Florida Avenue. At this
site, the contractor will install vertical soil-freeze pipes, a
construction method used to stabilize the soil around an excavation
Aerial view of the Florida
Ave NW Construction Site. Areas in yellow indicate where construction
will be conducted. White arrows show how traffic will flow around the
site. Blue lines reflect parking restrictions.
Travel lanes in
each direction of Rhode Island Avenue between North Capitol
Street NW and Florida Avenue will be reduced to two lanes.
restrictions will be in place on each side of Rhode Island
Avenue between Florida Avenue and North Capitol Street.
on the 1800-block of 3rd Street will be limited to
right turns only onto Rhode Island Avenue.
The west crosswalk
at Rhode Island Avenue NW and 3rd Street NW will be
closed. Please follow pedestrian detour signs.
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 finished, the approximately five-mile long tunnel segment
will complete the Anacostia River Tunnel, a 13.1-mile-long tunnel
that ends at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.
This project will significantly reduce chronic flooding in the
areas it serves, as well as reduce the amount of combined sewer
overflows into the Anacostia River.