VAT Updates

October 19, 2018
Saturday Work, October 20th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, October 20th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. There may be disruptions in work due to inclement weather and small groups of workers may be present and on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment. CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential impact this work may have on neighbors.

October 12, 2018
Saturday Work, October 13th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, October 13th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. There may be disruptions in work due to inclement weather and small groups of workers may be present and on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment. CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential impact this work may have on neighbors. 

October 12, 2018
Street Restoration Work Continues to Progress

Work continues to progress on street restoration and landscaping throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project. Paving of the 200 and 300 blocks are nearing completion, and base paving of Virginia Avenue from 5th Street to 8th Street was performed over the past week. With the arrival of the Fall planting season in the coming week and pending favorable weather conditions, the planting of street trees and bio-retention landscaping plants will get underway.

October 12, 2018
Some Tree Replacement Required

As part of the construction of the new streets, bicycle paths, sidewalks, and required bio-retention areas and underground storm water drainage features, residents will see trees removed in selected areas and replaced with healthy new trees that are not in conflict with the roadway improvements. Although every effort has been made by the project team and agencies to preserve as many existing healthy trees as possible as part of the street restoration, some tree replacements are necessary and directed by DDOT and/or DOEE in order to construct  some of the new streetscape features, to be in full compliance with the current DOEE storm water regulations. Trees supplanted are consistent with the removals planned and approved by the District Public Space Committee and under DDOT Urban Forestry Division permits.

October 5, 2018
Saturday Work, October 6th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, October 6th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. There may be disruptions in work due to inclement weather and small groups of workers may be present and on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment. CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential impact this work may have on neighbors.

October 5, 2018
Continued Outreach for Capper Seniors

We continue to applaud the community for coming together to help the seniors impacted by the fire at the Capper Senior Apartments. We’d like to remind everyone that the Capper Seniors still have ongoing needs.  In addition to the groups and businesses named last week, we appreciate the efforts by Michael Stevens and the Capitol Riverfront BID, Martin Smith with Barracks Row, and Steve Moore and the SW BID and their teams for their efforts on scene and with local businesses to offer rooms, funds, supplies, and fundraising events.  Individuals interested in contributing to fundraising efforts can go to either Near Southeast Community Partners’ Senior Fund or Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s Senior Fund.

September 28, 2018
Saturday Work, September 29th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 29th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. There may be disruptions in work due to inclement weather and small groups of workers may be present and on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment. CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential impact this work may have on neighbors.

September 28, 2018
August Environmental Monitoring Reports Now 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 August 2018 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.

September 21, 2018
Saturday Work, September 22nd

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 22nd, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. There may be disruptions in work due to inclement weather and small groups of workers may be present and on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment. CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential impact this work may have on neighbors.

September 21, 2018
Coming Together for Capper Seniors

Our hearts and prayers remain with the residents of the Capper Senior Center and their families. CSX appreciates all the efforts from emergency responders, Marines, neighbors, community businesses, and the project team who responded. It has been amazing to see all of the efforts to help these residents who are now without their homes and personal belongings. We applaud all the groups that have already stepped up to offer assistance and continue to encourage support for various groups that are accepting donations. Here is a quick list of some groups we are aware of:

  • Near Southeast Community Partners
  • The Capitol Hill Community Foundation (partnered with the Van Ness Elementary School PTO)
  • Subway Restaurant on 2nd St. and the M Street SE location.
  • Modern Mexican restaurant Agua 301, located at 301 Water Street, SE, will host their regular Give Back Sundays on both September 23rd and September 30th, donating 10% of sales to Arthur Capper Senior Center residents. 
  • Local urban winery District Winery will donate 10% of all wine-to-go sales Friday, September 20th to Sunday, September 23rd. 
  • Willow boutique at 1331 4th Street, SE will also donate 10% of sales today through the weekend to these relief efforts. 
  • On Wednesday, September 26th, The Salt Line will donate 5% of sales, which MRP Realty will match.

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