AlexRenew Announces the RiverRenew Tunnel Boring Machine Naming Campaign!
AlexRenew is seeking the community’s input to name its 250-ton tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the RiverRenew program. The TBM, currently being manufactured in Schwanau, Germany, will bore through 100-foot-deep soil to construct a 12-foot-wide, 2-mile-long Waterfront Tunnel — ultimately preventing millions of gallons of combined sewage from polluting the Potomac River, Hooffs Run, and Hunting Creek. This endeavor is a momentous step in building for the future of Alexandria’s waterways.
Typically, a TBM is named before it is launched, as a sign of good luck. TBMs have historically carried a female name, as underground workers looked to Saint Barbara for protection. Keeping with this long-standing tradition, AlexRenew has nominated the names of six groundbreaking women whose outstanding contributions to Alexandria, the environment, or the engineering and construction fields have paved the way for countless others.
Be a part of Alexandria's history. Visit riverrenew.com and cast your vote!