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Taft Tunnel

The entrance from Jefferson Memorial

Taft Tunnel local map
map marker: none
other exits: Jefferson Memorial
cell name: TaftTunnel01
ref id: 0001B56C

The tunnel has two sections

This is an escape tunnel from Jefferson Memorial. The exit point is a sewer grate outside the Citadel entrance, just south of the west point of Arlington Memorial Bridge. These tunnels were most likely used as a secret escape route for Pre-war political figures occupying the Pentagon, but Chinese weaponry and items, including rifles, pistols and clothing, alongside a HAM radio and other bits of technology, lend credence to it being occupied by Chinese spies.



  • The tunnel can't be reached before the final steps of the quest The Waters of Life.
  • Charon will be waiting at the door connecting the two parts of the area -on the side with the ladder to the Wasteland- should he disappear after the quest involving the rescue of the science team.
  • It seems the Jefferson Memorial access to the tunnel is no longer available if you have Broken Steel.
  • Attempting to use the citadel access to reach the Jefferson Memorial does not work, as the path to the Jefferson Memorial entrance when entering from the citadel end is blocked by a locked door that says it's activated elsewhere.

Notable loot


Getting to the catwalks

In the tunnels, the Enclave soldiers will ambush you from the apparently inaccessible catwalks, making looting them problematic. However, there are several means by which to reach these catwalks. This will allow you to loot the otherwise unreachable bodies, and kill the soldiers waiting at the second ambush point before they can see you. The first room with catwalks is the only place to do this. In this room, there is a ladder which the game treats like a door (it can be opened and closed by doesn't actually go anywhere), and a door to the second section of the tunnels from which you can sneak up on the second ambush group..

There are a couple methods of reaching the catwalks. One is to stack several barrels and use strategic jumping to make it up, as detailed in the images below. There is also a method which requires no barrels. First, jump on the white railing on the pictured generator on the side closest to the east wall. From there, jump to the nearest red pipe facing north. Aim for the curved part in order to get your footing. From there, jump on top of the large tank as pictured then onto the catwalk.

Xbox360 and PS3 players can access the inaccessible area by kicking a barrel (which can be found in the surrounding area) into the corner of the room (below the catwalk leading to the upper level of the inaccessible level). Use the barrel to jump on to the pump housing (this may take a little bit of time), walk into the corner, and look up towards the bottom edge of the door and look around the area slowly until the 'open door' prompt appears.


  • Sometimes when re-entering and exiting the Taft Tunnels after the the Waters of Life quest, Dr. Li and her team of scientists may appear outside of the Citadel and next to the tunnel entrance.
  • On the Xbox360 when going through the door in the inaccessible area, Dr. Li, Daniel Agincourt and Alex Dargon may all appear in the second area of Taft Tunnels and act as if they were in the Citadel.
  • on Xbox360 (and possible PS3) try not to re-load save files as the two Enclave soldiers on the catwalk to the inaccessible area may dissapear and all your hard work will be fruitless.
  • On the PS3 & 360, when you approach the sewer grate for the first time you may be attacked by a super mutant. If you kill the super mutant with an energy weapon and it becomes an ash pile on top of the sewer grate, you will not be able to enter the Taft Tunnels. Your game will be corrupted and will have to reload from an earlier save point.
  • On PC, if you successfully convince Dr. Li to abandon Garza and proceed to the next section, the remaining members of the science team can turn into Sergeant RL3 (who was waiting in my Megaton House) and the mission proceeds normally.
  • It seems if you pull a sneak attack on an enemy, someone from the team thinks your being reckless, sometimes they will run away from you temporarily, and Dr. Li will crouch regardless of what stance you are in. This changes nothing but can be fixed by asking her to follow you again.
  • If you scout ahead and leave Dr. Li and the others, often, your followers (if left somewhere and told to wait) will appear in the tunnels at the second entrance point. They will continue to wait there (except Dogmeat, who returns to Vault 101), unless you find them and lead them out. (PS3).
  • After completing the game and entering Broken Steel, if you attempt to backtrack through Taft Tunnels to the Jefferson Memorial using the barrel and catwalk trick, you can see through the fenced in area next to the "useless" ladder that the Enclave's force field is still active and blocking the door. (Xbox360)
  • If Dogmeat was told to wait somewhere (in my case super duper mart) he may appear if you tell Dr Li to wait, then travel way ahead, (Into another section) and then go back to Dr Li. he is waiting next to her.
  • If you have told dogmeat to wait somewhere, ie vault 101, and reload, he may spawn in the tunnels with you. Repeated reloads do not solve this problem and you will just have to carry on with dogmeat in tow (PS3, PC)

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