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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

George S. Hawkins, General Manager

Briefing on:

DC CLEAN RIVERS PROJECT
First Street Tunnel
Briefing for the:

Residents of
Coordinated by:

Chairperson James A. Turner
Presented by:
John Kennedy and Tom Lindberg, DC Clean Rivers Project
Emanuel Briggs, DC Water
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Agenda





Separate and combined sewer systems explained
Why Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) are a concern
Long Term Control Plan (DC Clean Rivers Project)
13-mile tunnel system and structures
Northeast Boundary Tunnel facts, figures, and alignment
First Street Tunnel facts and figures
Status of construction
 Truck routes
 Tunnel Boring Machine delivery schedule

 Contact information and Questions & Answers

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Separate and Combined Sewer Systems
Separate sanitary sewer and
stormwater systems (two pipes)
serve two-thirds of the District.

A combined sewer system
(a single pipe) serves
one-third of the District.

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Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs)
 Combined sewer overflows contaminate
receiving waters
 Primary concerns:

Elevated bacteria levels
Low dissolved oxygen in water
 Potential for fish stress or fish deaths
 Negative effects on other aquatic life

CSO 017 during dry weather conditions

Aesthetics: contributes to trash in
waterways

 Limit fishable conditions
 Contribute nutrients and sediments that
negatively affect the Chesapeake Bay
CSO 017 to Anacostia River (during Hurricane Floyd)

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DC Clean Rivers Project
(DC Water’s Long Term Control Plan)

 To comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Policy, DC Water is
implementing a schedule
• DC Water completed a Long Term Control
for numerous projects
Plan (LTCP)
2002
to control combined
sewer overflows into:
• DC Water entered into a consent decree
Anacostia River
 Potomac River
 Rock Creek

2005
2011

2025

agreement with EPA and DC government
• DC Clean Rivers Project Execution
• Projected DC Clean Rivers Project
Completion

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Tunnel System

First Street
Tunnel

 Mine four large storage / conveyance
tunnels, totaling 13 miles
 Construct a tunnel dewatering pumping
station at Blue Plains
 Replace pumping station at Poplar Point
 Construct M Street Diversion Sewer
 Build two tunnel overflow structures
 Project schedule:

Tunnels south of Robert F. Kennedy (RFK)
Stadium – operational by 2018

Northeast Boundary Tunnel – operational by 2022

Anacostia River water quality will be
greatly enhanced by reducing CSOs
from 82 to 2 events per year by
capturing 98% of CSOs

NE Boundary
Tunnel & area
projects

Oct 2013 –
Mar 2016

Aug 2016 –
Sept 2025

U.S.
Capitol
Building

RFK
Stadium

M Street
Diversion Sewer
May 2012
Dec 2014

Anacostia
River

Anacostia
River Tunnel
Nov 2013 –
Aug 2017

Poplar Point
Pumping Station
Joint Base
AnacostiaBolling

Potomac
River

Dec 2014 –
Mar 2017

Blue Plains
Tunnel
Sept 2011 –
Nov 2015

DC Water
Blue Plains
AWWTP

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Northeast Boundary Tunnel
At a Glance

Major component of DC Water’s DC Clean Rivers Project, required under
a Federal Consent Decree

Increase the capacity of the existing sewer system in the District,
significantly mitigating sewer flooding and improving the water quality of
the Anacostia River

Approximately 27,000 feet long, 23 feet in diameter, and between 80 to
160 feet below ground

Diversion facilities will be constructed near chronic flood areas along the
tunnel alignment to relieve the existing sewer system

Ventilation control facilities will also be constructed

Captured flows will be delivered to Blue Plains for treatment prior to
discharge to the Potomac River

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Northeast Boundary Tunnel Alignment
and Chronic Flood Areas

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First Street Tunnel
At a Glance

 Constructed to mitigate sewer
flooding and basement backups in
Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park
 Provides 8 million gallons of storage
 2,700 feet long, with four shafts
 Mined from Channing Street NW to
Rhode Island Avenue NW using a
Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)
 70 to 120 feet below the ground
 23-foot inner diameter tunnel
 Five Construction Staging Areas
 Temporary below-ground pumping
station
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First Street Tunnel is
Approximately 37 Percent Complete
CS-MS Base Slab
and Permanent Liner
• Poured base slab
• Poured permanent
liner lift 1

TBM Mobilization
and Assembly
• TBM parts have
started to arrive
on site

Adams Street –
Drop Shaft
• Drill and install
freeze pipes
underway

Adams Street –
A/FST Connection
• Drill and install
freeze pipes
underway

Pump Station –
Drop Shaft and Adit
• Completed
installation of pipes
• Started freeze formation at drop shaft
• Drill and install
freeze pipe at adit
• Poured drop shaft
collar

First Street Diversion Chamber
• Drilled secant and soldier piles
V Street – Drop
Shaft and Adit
Freeze System
• Completed
installation of pipes
• Started freeze formation at drop shaft
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Delivery of
Tunnel Boring Machine Sections
 The First Street Project Tunnel Boring Machine
(TBM) was recently refurbished in Germany
 The TBM is being delivered in sections to the
Channing Street Construction Staging Area over
the next two weeks

TBM assembled in Germany

 Delivery will temporarily restrict access to the
McMillan Reservoir entrance on First Street
 There will be a few days when certain sections
will require offloading using a large crane

 On days of offloading, the crane will be in
First Street travel lanes
TBM being prepared for assembly
at the Channing Street
Construction Staging Area

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Truck Routes
 The TBM will be delivered in
sections to the Channing Street
Construction Staging Area using
Irving Street, Michigan Avenue,
and North Capitol Street

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 Oversized loads will have police
detail
 No additional street closings will
be required
 No additional on-street parking
will be affected
Truck traffic leaving site
In-bound truck traffic
Channing Street CSA
Flagger as needed

First St NW

Legend
Channing St
CSA

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Tunnel Boring Machine
Delivery Schedule

 The first of the deliveries began on
Wednesday, January 28
 The second delivery arrived on Monday,
February 2

 The next delivery is tentatively scheduled
for Thursday, February 5
 Final delivery of TBM equipment will be
during the week of February 9
 The First Street Tunnel project will be
completed in the Spring of 2016

Thank you for your patience
and understanding

TBM midshield bottom section
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Contacts
Tom Lindberg
Public Outreach Manager
First Street Tunnel
DC Clean Rivers Project, DC Water
Email: tom.lindberg@dcwater.com
Phone: 202-787-4478

Emanuel Briggs
Manager, Community Outreach
External Affairs, DC Water
Email: emanuel.briggs@dcwater.com
Phone: 202-787-2003