Blue Plains Tunnel wins DRBF award

2 September 2016

US – The Blue Plains Tunnel team was recently awarded the Excellence in Dispute Avoidance & Resolution Award for projects with a budget of USD 250M or greater, Traylor Bros. announced.

The award recognizes completed projects that best exemplify the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) best practices. The team will be recognized at the DRBF 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Conference for the Al Mathews Award Dinner on September 23 in Washington, DC.

"We are honoured to be acknowledged for our efforts to prioritize partnering on all of our jobs," the company stated.

The Blue Plains tunnel is a 4.5-mile-long wastewater tunnel in Washington, DC, mined by TBM. Tunnelling finished last summer. The contractor is a JV of Traylor, Skanska, and Jay Dee. McMillen Jacobs Associates holds a prime contract with DC Water as part of the Program Management team.

The JV launched the TBM in July 2013, from a starting point at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, tunnelling along the Potomac River and crossing under the Anacostia River. The Herrenknecht machine built the southernmost segment of the Anacostia River Tunnel. The next section will be mined by another TBM launching at a site near RFK Stadium. The Northeast Boundary Tunnel is the longest portion of tunnel, which will follow. At the northern tip of the tunnel system is the First Street Tunnel, a relatively short tunnel on which construction started last year.