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“First Street NW is anticipated to open in mid-October 2016 and V Street NW by the end of October 2016”

by Prince Of Petworth August 31, 2016 at 3:40 pm 15 Comments


Thanks to a couple of readers for passing on the First Street Tunnel Community Update from DC Water:

“DC Water is diligently working towards making the First Street Tunnel operational by late September 2016. Construction is behind schedule due to the excavation of the frozen ground taking longer than anticipated and delays in the delivery of some key custom fabricated equipment. Major remaining work includes the testing of the system, demolition of temporary works and street restoration. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience as we move to project completion.

Updates at Construction Staging Areas (CSAs)

Channing Street CSA: Finalizing construction of the shaft cover and ventilation control vault, backfilling and landscaping.

Adams Street CSA: Installing surface access on the shaft cover, demolition of temporary works, backfilling and site restoration is ongoing. Adams Street NW and Flagler Place NW are expected to reopen at the end of October 2016. The CSA on Flagler Place has been reduced, the street partially repaved and most of the sidewalk restored.

V Street CSA: Finalizing construction of the shaft cover, demolition of temporary works, utility relocations, backfilling and site restoration is ongoing. First Street NW is anticipated to open in mid-October 2016 and V Street NW by the end of October 2016.

Pumping Station CSA: Testing of the Pumping Station is underway, construction of permanent power, utility connections and site restoration ongoing. Thomas Street NW is anticipated to reopen at the end of September 2016.”

  • Evan Tupac Grooter

    Great news! Now I just need to wait until 2023 for the G2 bus detour to end.

  • LionofLedroit

    Hallelujah. Methinks the dotted blue line is going to be even more fun than the dotted yellow line. Roar.

    • JoDa

      Aren’t they tunneling that section, though? I thought the first part was cut and cover and the rest of it was using a boring machine?

      • Nathan

        Well there’s the boring, but also at many spots along RIA there will be some excavation somewhat similar to what occurred in Bloomingdale.

        • JoDa

          Well, F! The literature they sent me was all “no impacts.”

  • BDale REs

    Only 10 months behind schedule!!!

  • Nathan

    I’ll believe it when the walls actually come down. They had told us mid-August and end of August the various CSAs noted in the letter.

    • houseintherear

      I can’t even think about this project anymore without turning beet red and clenching my fists. Kinda excited to watch all the litigation that is sure to come in the next few years!

  • Charles

    Well really…….what is 6 months past a deadline?!?!? Sloppy mess since the managers left the project.

    • Nathan

      They were behind before they left and now…I have no idea who is running things.

  • No way

    Just another date they’re throwing at as, just as they have been doing every month or so for the past 6 months. I’d be SHOCKED if it is actually complete by these dates.

    • Nathan

      I’d bet by November…maybe. On Adams I’m not sure what the hold up is. Today it was a bunch of guys standing around looking in the hole. I think theyve messed up the procurement and are waiting for things; which is interesting since they’re +6 months delayed. Shouldn’t that stuff have been ordered and ready?

    • siz

      yep. i believe it when i see it. basically a zero faith operation.

  • Thoma193

    Lol at them using PowerPoint smart art. what other middle school presentation techniques are they using?

    • Nathan

      Well they’ve taken to putting post it notes over the completion date and just writing in the newly delayed date on their displays at the bi-monthly meetings.


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