First Street Tunnel Provides D.C. Neighborhoods with Flood Relief

The First Street Tunnel in Washington, D.C. is set to provide the city’s northern neighborhoods with a sewage and storm water system to handle severe flooding conditions that have plagued the area.

©2015 PHOTO COURTESY OF DC WATER

The Channing Street construction site near McMillan Reservoir was one of four above-ground construction locations for the First Street Tunnel project.

©2015 PHOTO COURTESY OF DC WATER

Crews near the V Street construction site excavate the frozen ground face of the tunnel using a road header.

©2016 PHOTO COURTESY OF DC WATER

The 2,700-foot-long First Street Tunnel will store more than 8 million gallons of sewer overflow during severe storms.