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  • Macomb Street NW Divorcement Sewers - Washington DC
    In 1938, the Public Works Administration (PWA) allotted $47,870 for the Macomb Street Divorcement Sewers project. Two new sewer lines were installed in the area of Macomb Street and 38th Street NW, running southwest in the direction of Massachusetts Avenue for a length of about 5,000 linear feet (nearly one mile). These divorcement sewers separated domestic sewage from storm water run-off (two products that had previously collected in a combined sewer line), allowing the sewage to be treated at the new Blue Plains facility and reducing pollution caused by periodic overflow during rain storms. The divorcement sewer project was completed in early-to-mid...
  • Rock Creek and Piney Branch Trunk Sewers - Washington DC
    To help alleviate pollution in Rock Creek, the Public Works Administration (PWA) granted approximately $3,500,000 for the creation of a massive new sewer system serving Crestwood, Petworth and surrounding areas in 1939-1941. The trunk sewer lines were constructed by private contractors, one of which was the Philadelphia construction company of Joseph Lombardi. Beginning near the intersection of 16th Street and Arkansas Avenue (northwest), the system runs southwest down Piney Branch Parkway, under the National Zoo, and then south.  It splits into two lines, one along each side of Rock Creek: the western line to carry storm water runoff and the eastern to...
  • Outfall Relief Sewer SE - Washington DC
    In Spring 1939, the DC government used funds from the Public Works Administration (PWA) to award contracts for the Outfall Relief Sewer project, a large sewer line to run from the Poplar Point Pumping Station to a point near the Blue Plains Disposal Plant (today’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant). The Diamond Construction Company was awarded a contract for $423,116 to build one section of the line, while the Wagner-Larsen Construction Company contracted to build a second section for $293,049. Work on the Outfall Relief Sewer started on May 17, 1939, and was completed in mid-1940. This project was part of...
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW Water Main - Washington DC
    In 1938-1939, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed a short Water Main on Pennsylvania Avenue, west from 26th Street, NW. The Annual Report of the DC government provides details:  “A 12-inch main in Pennsylvania Avenue NW, west from Twenty-sixth Street, to replace an old 6-inch main. This work, totaling 240 linear feet, was undertaken as a W. P. A. project and is a part of the work necessary to convert the 30-inch gravity main in M Street to the first high service.”  The main may still be in place, but it would be unknown and invisible to everyone but the staff at DC Water...
  • Pennsylvania Avenue SE Water Main - Washington DC
    In 1938-1939, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed a short Water Main on Pennsylvania Avenue, between Thirty-Third Place and Carpenter Street SE The Annual Report of the DC government provides details: “A 16-inch main in Pennsylvania Avenue between Thirty-third Place and Carpenter Street SE. This main, totaling 340 linear feet, was undertaken as a W. P. A. project and was extended to serve property being developed. It will ultimately be extended to the Anacostia pumping station at Eighteenth Street and Minnesota Avenue SE to provide a second feeder line from the pumping station to Alabama and Pennsylvania Avenues to augment the Anacostia second high service...
  • West Virginia Avenue NE Water Main - Washington DC
    In 1938-1939, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed a new Water Main on West Virginia Avenue, north from Mount Olivet Road NE. The Annual Report of the DC government provides details: “A 16-inch main, totaling 780 linear feet, in West Virginia Avenue north from Mount Olivet Road NE. It is proposed to extend this main in the future to Rhode Island and Montana Avenues NE, tying in with the 30-inch trunk main at this location, thereby effecting a major feed through the Trinidad-Woodridge area of the second high service. This main was undertaken as a W. P. A. project." Presumably, the main was later connected...
  • East Capitol Street SE Water Main - Washington DC
    In 1938-1939, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed a new Water Main on East Capitol Street, between 59th and 61st Streets NW. The Annual Report of the DC government provide details: “Undertaken with W. P.A. labor, a 20-inch main, totaling 685 linear feet, was laid in East Capitol Street between Fifty-ninth and Sixty first Streets, to serve new houses under construction. This main will eventually be extended to intercept a proposed 30-inch main in Minnesota Avenue and will extend from Minnesota Avenue and East Capitol Street to the east most extremity of the Anacostia first high service, completing a major trunk main through...
  • K Street NW Water Main - Washington DC
    In 1938-1939, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed a new Water Main on K Street, between 27th and 29th Streets NW.  The Annual Report of the DC government provide details:  “A 24-inch steel main, totaling 530 linear feet in K Street between Twenty-seventh and Twenty-ninth Streets NW. This main, under taken as a W. P. A. project, is an extension of the Washington Circle contract, and is a major link in the work necessary to change the 30-inch main in M Street from gravity to first high service.”  The main may still be in place, but would be invisible to everyone but the...
  • Frew Bridge No. 1538-B - Frew WV
    The Public Works Administration (PWA) funded the construction of the Youngs Creek Bridge No. 1541 in Nallen WV. Excerpt from Legal Advertisement, Notice to Contractors, The Charleston (WV) Gazette, March 18, 1939, p. 11.: "Public Works Administration Project Docket 1197-F-- PWA 3163-B. Tyler Count. Frew Bridge No. 1538 & Approaches. One 20 Ft. Span Reinforced Concrete Arch and Grading, Draining, Macadam Base and Surface Treatment. Certified Check $2,400.00, W. Wa. State Employment Service, Parkersburg, W.Va."
  • Fink Run Bridge and Approaches - First WV
    The Public Works Administration (PWA) funded the construction of the Youngs Creek Bridge No. 1541 in Nallen WV. Excerpt from Legal Advertisement, Notice to Contractors, The Charleston (WV) Gazette, March 18, 1939, p. 11.: “Public Works Administration Projects Docket 1197-F — PWA 3372-E & PWA 3388-B. Nicholas & Fayette Counties. Nallen Bridge No. 1238-F — PWA 3238-A & D, Upshur County. 0.308 miles of the Fink Run Bridge and Approaches. Grading, Drainage, Cement Concrete Pavement and Reinforced Concrete Arch. Certified Check $1,500.00. John E. Fischer, Branch Manager, W. Va, State Employment Service, Weston, W. Va.” Possibly at Fink Run Road near Corridor G....
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