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September 22, 2020

Making Way for Healthier Waterways

AlexRenew will pave the way for the RiverRenew Tunnel Project with the demolition of the Robinson Terminal North warehouse. 
Update: December 8, 2020

AlexRenew and its construction partners Clark and ACECO completed the demolition of the Robinson Terminal North Warehouse on November 30, 2020. It took five days to demolish the warehouse and organize the scrap material on site. Hauling of the 1,400 tons of material off site took another five days, using approximately 70 trucks. Remaining activities include the installation of a security fence around the perimeter of the site.

This work was completed with minimal disruption to the community, and the area is now ready for the construction of RiverRenew facilities to capture millions of gallons of combined sewage that currently pollute the Potomac River each year. This follow-on work is not anticipated to start until mid-2021.

Read on to learn more about the demolition process and the future of Outfall 001.

Update: November 17, 2020

As of November 17, the Robinson Terminal North (RTN) warehouse has been fully dismantled. AlexRenew construction partners are currently removing the remaining building materials and preparing them for recycling. All work, including final site cleanup, is anticipated to be complete the first week of December 2020.

Please note, this work is unrelated to building the new tunnel. Construction of the diversion facility is anticipated to begin in Spring 2021.

Take a look at the progress photos below, and scroll down for more information about the RTN demolition, an inside look at the warehouse, and the RTN Kids' Corner!
Update: November 3, 2020

In September 2020, AlexRenew prepared the Robinson Terminal North (RTN) site for subsequent demolition of the existing warehouse structure located immediately to the east of Union Street. This work included extensive community outreach, implementation of vector controls, site mobilization, installation of environmental controls, and existing utility disconnections. Dismantling of the steel structure is anticipated to begin on November 5, 2020. The warehouse will be dismantled using an excavator with hydraulic attachments that will remove portions of the structure piece-by-piece and then load them into a truck for recycling and/or disposal. Check out our educational banner in the Kids' Corner below that shows how we plan to take down the warehouse.

Work is anticipated to occur over the next three weeks during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For a one-week duration, the northbound travel lane on Union Street between Oronoco and Pendleton Streets will be temporarily closed and parking will be restricted. Parking along the north side of Oronoco Street, east of Union Street, will be restricted for a three-week duration. For a two-week period, less than 10 trucks per day will haul these materials using approved routes along Henry, Patrick and Pendleton Streets. Northbound traffic on Union Street will be detoured west along Oronoco Street to Fairfax Street as outlined in the map below.

For a two-week period, there may be up to 10 tractor trailer-sized trucks per day (less than one truck per hour) hauling materials offsite. To minimize impacts and conflicts associated with the City’s ongoing work at the Bus Barn, the outbound haul route for the RTN demo will use Pendleton to Fairfax to Wythe Streets and then onto Henry and/or Patrick Streets. The inbound route will utilize Pendleton Street.

If you are traveling near the site, please stay safe and aware! Check back here and on AlexRenew’s social media channels to stay up to date on progress!

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The Robinson Terminal North (RTN) warehouse is a familiar structure to many Alexandrians. Located east of Union Street between Oronoco and Pendleton Streets, the large, steel-framed structure dates back to 1969, serving as a newsprint and storage facility for the Washington Post until 2013.  

AlexRenew plans to demolish the steel structure to grade this fall as one of the first activities to pave the way for healthier waterways in Alexandria. Demolition of the RTN warehouse is necessary to address combined sewer discharges at nearby Outfall 001 but is not associated with the RiverRenew Tunnel Project. It will make room for AlexRenew to construct a  diversion facility at the end of Pendleton Street, which is anticipated to begin in Spring 2021. 

Demolition activities are anticipated to occur later this fall. In the meantime, AlexRenew is conducting extensive outreach to ensure the community is aware of the upcoming work.

We’re also giving the community an exciting inside look at the RTN site and a preview of the construction activity to come! Check out this video tour, led by two RiverRenew team members.  

Kids' Corner

Learn more about the RTN demo from Cloe the TBM and her friend, Edie the Excavator!

Download Cloe's "Spot the Difference" learning activity (right) and see if you can help her find the differences between her pictures of the RTN site.

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