As soon as March 5th, CSX expects to temporarily close the 5th/6th Street SE intersection with Virginia Avenue for approximately 3-4 months. The closure will allow removal of the existing temporary bridge deck, completion of the roof of a portion of the second new Virginia Avenue Tunnel and installation of the final street restoration.
The 6th Street off-ramp from I-695 will remain open while this work is occurring.
Traffic will be severely limited on 5th Street, north of K Street while the 5th/6th Street intersection is closed. All through-traffic wishing to reach destinations north of Virginia Avenue will be detoured to 7th Street. Only vehicles wishing to access residences in the 900 block of 5th Street, including the Capper Center, should enter the block. All other vehicles should follow detour signs to L Street and 7th Street for travel north of Virginia Avenue. There will be additional parking restrictions on 5th Street while this work is occurring.
While the intersection is closed, detour signs will be placed south of Virginia Avenue on K Street, L Street, 5th Street, 7th Street, and on the westbound lanes of Virginia Avenue SE (north of I-695), to direct drivers around the closure. A pathway for pedestrians will remain open across the intersection throughout the period that the street is closed.
Illustrations of the roadway configurations during the closing can be found here on the project website. Signs, barrels, barriers and other traffic control measures will be deployed to guide drivers through the area.
CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection and others affected by the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project. CSX appreciates the community’s patience while we complete this important work.