Update: February 2
The final steps of AlexRenew's archeological investigations in Jones Point Park are now complete.
This pre-construction work wrapped up on January 29 with final shrub removal and mulching. Diversion facility construction is expected to begin in Jones Point Park in late Winter 2021. When construction is complete in early Winter 2025, AlexRenew will enhance the site with new native plantings, habitat reconstruction, and other efforts.
Scroll down to learn more about the investigative work that took place, and check back on our website for construction updates later this year.
Update: December 11, 2020
On December 4, AlexRenew completed tree clearing within the future construction site of the Tunnel Project at Jones Point Park.
Archeological site investigations are currently underway to ensure potential historic resources are identified before construction begins in late Winter 2021. The work is anticipated to be completed by the end of December. During this time, Jones Point Park and the recycling center at the South Royal Street cul-de-sac will remain accessible to the public.
Read on to learn more about the site investigations and the future infrastructure to be built near Outfall 002.
To comply with RiverRenew’s environmental permits, AlexRenew will be conducting archeological investigations in November 2020 within Jones Point Park. These investigations will be completed within the future footprint of the Outfall 002 Diversion Facility to identify any potential archeological artifacts before construction begins in late Winter 2021.
To conduct these investigations, AlexRenew will clear trees within the area slated for construction, dig small holes to collect soil samples, and excavate shallow trenches. The trenches will be cordoned off by temporary fencing as a safety measure.
The investigations are an important step to keep RiverRenew on-schedule as they will identify any potential historic resources prior to construction. AlexRenew will coordinate with the appropriate regulatory agencies for excavation and management of any resources, should they be encountered.
Jones Point Park will remain accessible to the public during these investigations. Work will be conducted Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and last about one (1) month. Any excavated soil will be retained on-site and used to backfill the trenches and holes.
Following construction of the diversion facility in 2024, AlexRenew will enhance the site with new native plantings, habitat reconstruction, and other efforts. We appreciate the ongoing support of the community as we work toward delivering healthier waterways.