The Virginia Avenue Tunnel

The Virginia Avenue Tunnel in southeast Washington, D.C., is a crucial part of the United States’ East Coast railroad network. The tunnel lets trains move freight between key ports, manufacturing centers, and consumer markets. CSX is replacing the century-old tunnel with two new structures. The project will help CSX serve customers better while reducing rail and highway congestion in the District of Columbia and the surrounding area, and improving the environment.

Construction began in May 2015 and is expected to take up to 42 months. CSX is currently in the second phase of construction, working to build the second tunnel. CSX is committed to safely and efficiently upgrading this critical piece of the region’s rail system in a way that addresses community concerns and helps leave this great neighborhood even better than it is today. We hope that you explore our website to learn more about project updates, upcoming construction activities, community meetings, and more. Please contact us at any time if you have a question or concern. Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about this project!

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Project Plan

CSX is committed to working safely and efficiently, while minimizing disruption to our neighbors. Learn more about the planned construction milestones.


Fact sheet outlining the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, including the need for reconstruction, project benefits and impacts and enhancements to the nearby community.

The Community Information Resources document details the primary methods available for neighbors to stay up-to-date on activity related to the tunnel project.


Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Virginia Avenue Tunnel reconstruction.