Subterranean DC Water project set to close road for years
Posted by WTOP/Dave Dildine
May 20, 2019
A giant machine is churning under Northeast D.C. You can't feel it or see it. But now there is evidence of it above ground.
DC Water's huge subterranean infrastructure project will block a surface street between Bloomingdale and Shaw in Northwest Washington for years.
A portion of 3rd Street Northwest between Florida Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue will be closed until 2022 with the Northeast Boundary Tunnel project in full bore. The road closure is scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday.
In the coming years, a drop shaft will be constructed along 3rd Street. It's one of several work sites outlining the tunnel project, which stretches for more than five miles toward the Anacostia River.
Over the past several months, utility relocation and minor demolition work has been done along Rhode Island Avenue and other nearby streets in preparation for the latter phases of construction.