The project team continues to make progress with the streetscape restoration and enhancements along the length of the Virginia Avenue corridor. Multiple subcontractors and specialty crafts are working along the length of the project installing infrastructure for new storm drains, stormwater bio-retention areas, curb and gutter, pavement, sidewalks, streetlights, traffic lights, bicycle paths, bio-retention, landscaping and other features. Given the complexity of the urban street environment, at times, you may see some areas that appear to be incomplete and workers are not present. Please rest assured that work teams will follow up to complete the work in accordance with the strict DDOT, DOEE, and other District specifications. Some examples are streetlights (as mentioned last week), brick sidewalks, bike paths, drainage, bio-retention areas, final surface paving, striping, signage, sod, mulching, trees, and shrubs.
Weather permitting, paving of the final asphalt surface between the sidewalk and alleyway for both Capitol Quarter driveway entrances is scheduled for next week:
- On Monday (9/10), there will be milling and saw-cutting of the old pavement in both driveways to prepare them for final paving on the following days. There may be brief times when one or the other driveway is closed while workers and equipment are performing this work.
- On Tuesday (9/11), the west driveway will be fully closed early in the morning to allow placement and rolling of the asphalt surface. It will remain closed to allow cooling/curing during the day, but will be re-opening the same evening. The east driveway will be open.
- On Wednesday (9/12), the east driveway will be fully closed early in the morning to allow placement and rolling of the asphalt surface. It will remain closed to allow cooling/curing during the day, but will be re-opening the same evening. The west driveway will be open.
As mentioned before, this work is weather dependent and could shift a few days if we have bad weather.
There will be considerable workers and equipment working in the driveway entrances and the 300-block associated with this endeavor. The project team very much appreciates everyone’s patience as we work to get these important items completed.
CSX was glad to partner with WC Smith, the Capitol Riverfront BID and Councilman Allen to officially open the “Bark and Go” Dog Park on H Street SE beside The Collective Apartments and new Whole Foods on Thursday, September 6th. It was great to see residents, local businesses, and the 50 or so dogs so eager to help celebrate its opening. This previously underused area at the corner of New Jersey Ave and H Street SE has been transformed into a 3,000 square foot fenced-in dog park for the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. While your pets play around the park, take a seat on one of the park benches and enjoy the views of “Shidahiku”, the new Anthony Howe kinetic sculpture that has been installed.
On September 6, the Capitol Riverfront BID and The Collective Apartments DC are celebrating the opening of a new dog park at the corner of H Street and New Jersey Avenue SE. The unleashing ceremony will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 1st, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area.
No construction activity will occur on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 3rd. Some workers may be present to monitor site conditions during the holiday, but no construction activity is planned. We hope you have a great and safe Labor Day.
As CSX continues restoring the Virginia Avenue streetscape and landscape, these installations, including streetlights, signage and other items, are happening in specific sequences in coordination with agencies and utilities. For example, energizing streetlights is dependent on several factors and approvals, including connecting groupings of lights with underground electrical circuits before an individual light is lit. Final street openings are dependent on oversight approvals and will be restored and opened as quickly as possible.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, August 25th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area.
3rd and 4th Streets will be fully closed individually one at a time to allow final paving of the intersections at Virginia Avenue. One of the streets will always remain open during the paving to allow access to one end or the other of the 300-block of Virginia Avenue for local residents. Depending on weather and rate of progress on Saturday, it is possible that one of the streets could be closed for the first part of the day and then re-opened shortly afterwards, and then the other street closed for paving and re-opened thereafter also on Saturday. Because of the nature of this work, there will be considerable equipment and personnel activity in and around the streets and driveways.
CSX very much appreciates everyone’s patience with us as we continue to push to get the streets completed as safely and quickly as possible.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, August 18th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday will include street restoration work, including a significant amount of paving in the 200 block. We ask that everyone remains aware of the increased construction traffic and complies with flagman direction.