Disassembling a large crane for surface transport

April 07, 2022

Some of you may have become accustomed to seeing CC the Colossal Crane towering over the R Street NW construction site. Starting on or about Monday, April 11, 2022, we will say ‘goodbye’ to CC as the contractors will begin working after-hours to remove the large crane from the site. The crane will be disassembled during the day and transported at night between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. to reduce traffic impacts. CC will be replaced with a smaller crane.
Removing the crane will take approximately three nights to complete. The parts will be loaded and hauled on flatbed trucks to the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project construction site, located just south of RFK Stadium. The trucks will be escorted by safety vehicles and flaggers to help navigate turns, if necessary. 

Important Traffic Information:  
•    The eastbound and westbound lanes of Rhode Island Avenue, NW will be closed between 6th and 7th Streets, NW during the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
•    Accommodation will be made for Fire/EMS, MPD vehicles, and Metro buses to pass through.  
•    All other vehicles will be detoured around the work zone. 
•    6th Street NW will remain open.

Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists are urged to adhere to the posted detour signs and/or flaggers and to use caution when traveling around the work zone. 
There will be no other construction activities taking place during this time to ensure noise levels are within municipal limits, however, residents may notice transport activity past 11:00 p.m. between April 11 and April 13, 2022. 

Map of the detour route around the 100-block of Rhode Island Avenue NW

Map: During crane removal between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., traffic will be detoured around the 600-block of Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Project Details
DC Water is constructing the Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT) to connect with the existing sewer system, significantly mitigating sewer flooding while improving the water quality of the Anacostia River. The NEBT is the largest component of the Clean Rivers Project and starts just south of RFK Stadium and extends north to Rhode Island Avenue and west to R Street NW. To learn more about the NEBT project, please visit dcwater.com/nebt.  
Thank you for your continued support of the NEBT project. Should you have any questions and/or need more information, please contact us at the information below:

For more information, please contact
Email: dccleanrivers@dcwater.com
24/7 NEBT Hotline: (800) 988-6151
Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project Website: dcwater.com/NEBT