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Written by Linda O'Brien   
Monday, 18 August 2008

Our office has just received this information as the latest update on Architect of the Capitol (AOC) tunnel improvement activities at Folger and Providence Parks.  Please do not hesitate to address any questions to Ms. Eva Malecki, Communications Officer at 202.228.1793.

“On August 27, 2008, the Office of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) will begin preliminary work on the utility tunnel which lies below Second Street, S.E., as part of its Utility Tunnel Improvement Program.  The tunnel, which provides steam and chilled water to heat and cool facilities across the Capitol complex, is more than 50 years old and is reaching the end of its useful life. 

Beginning on August 20, no parking signs will be posted on the east side of Second Street, S.E., adjacent to Folger Park, to accommodate the digging of a test pit below the street level.  This work is necessary to assess the condition of the utility tunnel prior to more extensive excavation. 

Work on the test pit will begin on August 27 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2008.  Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  

The entire work site will be secured by a chain link fence and one lane of one-way (southbound) traffic will be maintained at all times.  The sidewalk on the east side of Second Street will be closed, but pedestrians will have access to and through Folger Park during this time.  A map showing the work zone is attached. 

The AOC has coordinated this project with the D.C. Department of Transportation, as well as a number of other D.C. agencies and government offices. 

Information about the project, along with Frequently Asked Questions, is posted on the AOC’s Web site in the Press Room:"


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