3rd Street Tunnel | FAQ
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FAQ

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What is the purpose for the project and where is it located?

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The 3rd St Tunnel Project is the first phase of a mixed-use development located in Washington’s central business district. Newly designed pedestrian and vehicular corridors will reconnect the Capitol Hill and East End communities, update and improve vehicular traffic patterns, and deliver new pedestrian and bicycle safety features. The project is bordered by Massachusetts Avenue to the North, E Street to the South, Fourth Street to the West and Second Street to the East.

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Project Cost?

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The total cost of the project is estimated to be 1.3 billion dollars.

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Where is the funding for this project coming from?

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The project is fully funded by private investors and the developer. No federal or local taxpayers’ money is being used to support this development.

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When will the construction start?

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The first phase of construction (utility relocations) is scheduled to start by the end of March 2014.

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Project duration?

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Construction is expected to last approximately five (5) years. The infrastructure phase (utility relocation, ramps, and deck) is expected to last 3 years and the buildings of the platform above I-395 is expected to last approximately three (3) years.

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What types of delays would impact construction?

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The contractor will work diligently to ensure time control through proper planning, but unforeseen conditions, such as weather could cause delay to the overall schedule.

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What will DDOT do about the traffic congestion?

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DDOT has worked closely with the developer and contractor to create a viable maintenance of traffic plan for the project during all phases of construction. All involved with the project will work to ensure that the general public, local residents and commuters using all forms of transportation in and around the traffic changes are well informed about the construction progress and any changes that may impact the area.

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What has been done to notify the community?

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Community stakeholders were engaged during the completed environmental assessment (EA). Additionally, the developer has met regularly with DDOT, the DC Government, ANCs, churches, historical societies and other major stakeholders over the past five (5) years. A public outreach team is also currently in contact with many stakeholders using various resources and will continue to inform, and update the public while providing a medium for feedback throughout the life of the project.

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Where can I go to find project information?

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The project website, www.3rdsttunnel.com, will be a great resource for information. Stakeholders can also access up-todate information via Twitter (@3rdStTun) or Facebook (ThirdStreet Tunnel). In addition, stakeholders can sign up for email alerts that will include routine traffic advisories and notices, flyers, and newsletters. Representatives will also attend ANC and community meetings to provide project updates.

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Can I sign-up for future project notifications?

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Yes. You can sign up on the website for emails, twitter updates, facebook notifications, and scheduled meetings.

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What improvements does the project entail?

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The project entails a dramatic transformation of the area in downtown DC. A reconfiguration of the existing ramps onto and off the highway and the new ramp configurations will also allow for safer pedestrian and bicycle traffic patterns along – Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd St. and 2nd St. These modifications are intended to maintain or enhance the functionality of the local and regional transportation network while allowing for seamless development above the newly constructed platform.

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Estimated traffic levels?

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Traffic levels are estimated to increase at the completion of the construction, however, the addition of new ramps and the reconfiguration of existing city street grid in the area will mitigate the impact. This was studied and designed for during the design and EA process.

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How will vehicular and pedestrian traffic be managed?

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While some sidewalks will be closed during construction, others will be maintained with disability access according to the ADA guidelines. DDOT has approved the Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan for the initial phases of the project with minimum traffic and pedestrian impacts.

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What roadways will be affected and how?

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Many city streets that surround the project such as Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, H and E Streets will be impacted at some point during construction but DDOT has worked closely with the developer and contractor to create a viable maintenance of traffic plan for the project during all phases. We will work to ensure that stakeholders using all forms of transportation in and around the area are well informed about the construction progress and any changes that may impact the area.

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How was this design selected?

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The design was selected after a rigorous environmental assessment (EA). Areas evaluated during the assessment were transportation, visual aesthetics, economic, noise, affected environment, air quality, utilities, historic impacts, archaeological resources, land use and zoning, national capital master plan, to name a few.

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What will the project working hours be?

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Construction activities will occur Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Additional hours will be scheduled as needed.