VAT Updates

December 8, 2017
Saturday Work, Dec. 9th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Dec. 9th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition, removal of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect any of this work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive.

December 8, 2017
3rd Street Utility Work at Capitol Quarter Driveway During the Week of Dec. 11th

As part of the final restoration of Virginia Avenue, utility work will occur at 3rd Street and at the Capitol Quarter 3rd Street driveway entrance during the week of December 11th. Access to the driveway will remain open during this process, though the driveway may be narrowed at times and there will be considerable construction activity with workers and equipment. Flaggers will be present to assist drivers in the area. No interruptions to residents’ utility services are anticipated, due to preparations that were completed during Phase I. CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection and others affected by the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project.

Pedestrian access will be maintained across the intersection throughout this process.

This is necessary for the final restoration of Virginia Avenue as our work continues to progress on schedule for completing the open-space restorations. CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we move expeditiously toward completing the project and the streetscape enhancements.
 

December 1, 2017
Saturday Work, Dec. 2nd

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Dec. 2nd, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition, removal of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect any of this work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

December 1, 2017
Final Phase of Community Mitigation Fund Awards to Occur in February

Near Southeast Community Partners and the volunteer board that makes award decisions will implement the final phase of awards from the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Community Mitigation Fund beginning in February 2018. Since 2015, grants have been awarded to nearly 30 deserving community organizations through the first five phases of the process, benefiting neighbors through enhancements to schools, parks and other community assets. Information about the application process and criteria for funding is available at the link above, and it’s not too early to consider potential uses for the final phase of funding. This short video provides more information about the purpose of the fund and some of the projects that have already received awards.

December 1, 2017
October Environmental Monitoring Reports Available

As part of our efforts to maintain a safe, secure project environment throughout the reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel, we are conducting a comprehensive monitoring program that measures and records noise, vibration and air quality near the site. The October 2017 summary reports on noise, vibration, and air-quality monitoring are now available. We encourage you to visit the environmental monitoring page as you are reviewing the reports for helpful background information.

November 22, 2017
No Holiday Weekend Work Scheduled

In recognition of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the Virginia Avenue Tunnel team will suspend work on the project at the end of the day on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, and resume on Monday, Nov. 27th. Small groups of workers will still be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive. The Community Office will close at noon Wednesday (the end of regularly scheduled office hours) and re-open according to the normal schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 28th, at 2 p.m.

November 22, 2017
3rd Street Traffic Shifted to Restored Lane

Late last week northbound traffic on 3rd Street was redirected onto the newly re-paved western portion of the street across Virginia Avenue. This is the first street section over the new tunnel that has been paved since construction began in May 2015, and a positive sign of the progress the entire construction team is making toward finishing the project. While much work remains, curb, gutter and sidewalk installation continues at the intersection and work has shifted to remove the remaining portion of the temporary bridge deck that has been carrying vehicle traffic.

Restoration work will begin next at the 5th/6th Street intersection, in late December or early January, followed by 4th Street in the early spring of 2018.

CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we work expeditiously toward completing the project and the streetscape enhancements.

November 17, 2017
3rd Street Lane Shifts Anticipated as Progress Continues

Work continues to progress on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue. Placement of new granite curbing and sidewalks, drainage work and underground preparations for streetlights is well underway on the west side of 3rd Street. Due to weather delays, CSX now expects the west half of the intersection will receive new pavement within the next week. Shortly thereafter, traffic will be directed off of the temporary street deck/bridge and onto the new paving in a temporary configuration to allow removal of the remaining portion of the street deck/bridge. Street restoration will then continue on the east half of the 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue intersection. Drivers are urged to be cautious as they navigate the new lane configurations on 3rd Street.

CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we work expeditiously toward completing the project and the streetscape enhancements.

November 17, 2017
“Coffee with Chuck” Presentation Now Available

Thanks to everyone who joined us for “Coffee with Chuck” on Wednesday morning, Nov. 15. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted to the project website. Please plan now to attend our next "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, January 24.

November 17, 2017
Weekend Work, Nov. 18th-19th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition, removal of bracing, and concrete construction activities. On Sunday, a small crew may visit areas of the site to monitor the status of recently poured concrete. CSX does not expect any of this work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

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