VAT Updates

November 1, 2017
Please Plan to Join Us for the Nov. 15th “Coffee with Chuck”

The last 2017 “Coffee with Chuck” morning briefing will be held Wednesday, November 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Avenue SE. Registration and refreshments will be available beginning at 7:30. The VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.

October 27, 2017
Saturday Work, Oct. 28th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Oct. 28th, 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, excavation and installation of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

October 27, 2017
Anticipated Restoration Schedule Featured at Open House

As part of its presentation at the community open house last week, CSX provided information about the anticipated schedule for restoring and reopening areas of Virginia Avenue, neighborhood cross streets and the open spaces impacted by the project. Among the highlights, and barring any unforeseen circumstances or severe weather impacts, CSX expects to restore and reopen the 300 block of Virginia Avenue in the spring of 2018; the 200, 400 and 500 blocks to be completed in early summer; and the remaining blocks – 600, 700 and 800 – to be completed in late summer of 2018. More specific information about timing will be shared as it becomes available.

 

Features of the Virginia Avenue streetscape plan include extensive landscaping and tree planting; additional Washington globe-style street lights; new brick sidewalks; a new, separate bike path; brick gutters and granite curbing; and other elements that were selected with public input during the approval process. The restoration plans are available for review on the project website.

 

The project remains on schedule to be completed within the originally announced 42-month timeframe, and CSX remains committed to completing the project as efficiently as possible.

 

All of the exhibits from the Oct. 19 open house are available here on the project website.

October 27, 2017
Please Plan to Join Us for the Nov. 15th “Coffee with Chuck”

The last 2017 “Coffee with Chuck” morning briefing will be held Wednesday, November 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Avenue SE. Registration and refreshments will be available beginning at 7:30. The VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.

October 27, 2017
September 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 September 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.

October 20, 2017
Saturday Work, October 21st

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, October 21st, 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, excavation and installation of bracing, and concrete construction activities. Additional work may also occur in the 700 and 800 blocks of Virginia Avenue S.E. on Sunday, Oct. 22. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

October 20, 2017
Roadway Reconstruction May Cause Additional Vibrations and Noise

As CSX begins restoring Virginia Avenue, DDOT engineering standards require that the soil used to support the roadbed be compacted in place. Progress on tunnel construction and removal of the cross-street bridge decks will soon see this activity taking place. The CSX team is using industry-standard equipment to complete that work, which includes large, heavy rollers that vibrate while they pass over the soil to be compacted. While residents who live closest to the construction area may feel these vibrations, the vibrations are not strong enough to cause damage to nearby structures.

In addition, as early as next week, CSX will begin removing the temporary loading dock at the 200 I Street building to reconstruct the permanent loading dock. This work will include jackhammering the concrete pad near 3rd Street. Residents and employees of the 200 I Street building may experience higher than normal levels of noise during this time. The removal of concrete will take approximately two-three weeks. 

CSX continues to monitor the noise, vibration and air-quality adjacent to the site, and will take necessary steps to ensure that work remains within the established parameters for the project. We will complete this work as quickly as we can, and apologize for any inconvenience this temporary situation may cause. 

October 20, 2017
Open House Exhibits Now Available

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the community Open House on Thursday evening, October 19. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted to the project website. Please plan now to attend our next event, "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, November 15.

October 13, 2017
Weekend Work, October 14th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, October 14th, 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 the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

October 13, 2017
3rd St. Reduced to One Lane at Virginia Avenue

Traffic on 3rd Street SE has been restricted to one-way, northbound-only travel between I Street and the I-695 on-ramp/Virginia Avenue on the north side of the freeway. Southbound traffic approaching from the Capitol Hill area will be detoured east on G Street and south on 4th Street, unless entering the westbound I-695 on-ramp. (Trucks over 12 feet tall will be detoured to New Jersey Avenue.) Pedestrian access will be maintained across the intersection throughout this process. The 3rd Street driveway to the Capitol Quarter townhomes will remain open during this process, as will access to the parking deck and loading dock for 200 I Street SE.

A detailed detour map is now available on the project website.

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