The Soapstone Valley’s new temporary roads are being put through their paces already.
Eventually, the roads will be used to haul in equipment for the sewer rehabilitation project, which will include relining the 110-year-old pipes. DC Water’s contractor started installing them a little more than a month ago, both to provide pathways for heavy machinery and to protect the soil from compacting under the weight of that equipment.
The preparation work also involves heavy equipment. At the eastern end of the valley at Broad Branch Road, where two temporary bridges were constructed, the road has significantly degraded.
Other than some wrapup work today, no further roadwork or other project work is planned on the east end of the park for at least the next two weeks, according to DC Water’s project update Monday.
At sites 1 and 2 (as labeled above), the road installation continues for the next two weeks, and at some point one more bridge will be built at site 1. Stream work is getting underway at sites 2 and 3. And sewer bypass piping will be installed at site 1 beginning next week.