VAT Updates

October 6, 2017
Weekend Work, October 7th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, October 7th, 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 6, 2017
3rd St. Traffic to be Switched as soon as Monday, Weather Permitting

Weather permitting, traffic on 3rd Street SE will be 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 as soon as Monday, Oct. 9. 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

CSX understands that this work will inconvenience some residents in the neighborhood around the Virginia Avenue Tunnel and other drivers, and we apologize for those disruptions. We remain committed to completing this project as quickly as safety will allow, and we remain on schedule for being finished within the 42-month window we announced at the beginning of the project. We greatly appreciate your patience in the meantime.

October 6, 2017
Open House Scheduled for Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m

Please plan now to join us for our next community Open House event on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E. Project representatives will be available to answer questions about recent and upcoming activities. We look forward to seeing you there.

September 29, 2017
Roadway Reconstruction May Cause Additional Vibrations

As CSX begins the initial steps in restoring Virginia Avenue, DDOT engineering standards require that the soil used to support the roadbed be compacted in place. Due to progress on tunnel construction and removal of the cross-street bridge decks, this activity will soon be 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. 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.

September 29, 2017
Weekend Work, September 30th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 30th, 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.

September 29, 2017
Cross-street Deck Removal and Street Restoration to Begin in Early Oct.

As we announced last week, soon it will be time to begin removing the temporary cross-street bridge decks over the excavation site to allow completion of the tunnel and final restoration of Virginia Avenue. The process will involve diverting traffic away from or limiting traffic on the cross-street bridge decks; completing tunnel construction and backfilling the excavation under the cross streets; installing permanent storm drains and other utilities; constructing and paving the new roadway and sidewalks; and installing landscaping.

Work could begin on 3rd Street as soon as the first week in October. Traffic on 3rd Street will be 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. Additional schedule information will be provided as it becomes available.

Due to the extensive utility work and permanent nature of the street restoration, CSX expects one-way traffic restrictions to be in place on 3rd Street for approximately four months, barring unforeseeable weather impacts or other contingencies.

The final streetscape will be constructed in accordance with the plans that were developed through a collaborative process with input from ANC6B and ANC6D representatives, other public groups and DDOT, and approved by the DC Public Space Committee. Features of the 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 and at the project’s monthly public meetings.

CSX understands that this work will inconvenience some residents in the neighborhood around the Virginia Avenue Tunnel and other drivers, and we apologize for those disruptions. We remain committed to completing this project as quickly as safety will allow, and we remain on schedule for being finished within the 42-month window we announced at the beginning of the project. We greatly appreciate your patience in the meantime.

September 22, 2017
Weekend Work, September 23

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 23rd, 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.

September 22, 2017
Cross-street Deck Removal and Street Restoration to Begin in Early Oct.

As we announced last week, soon it will be time to begin removing the temporary cross-street bridge decks over the excavation site to allow completion of the tunnel and final restoration of Virginia Avenue. The process will involve diverting traffic away from or limiting traffic on the cross-street bridge decks; completing tunnel construction and backfilling the excavation under the cross streets; installing permanent storm drains and other utilities; constructing and paving the new roadway and sidewalks; and installing landscaping.
 
Work could begin on 3rd Street as soon as the first week in October. Traffic on 3rd Street will be 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. Additional schedule information will be provided as it becomes available.
 
Due to the extensive utility work and permanent nature of the street restoration, CSX expects one-way traffic restrictions to be in place on 3rd Street for approximately four months, barring unforeseeable weather impacts or other contingencies.
 
The final streetscape will be constructed in accordance with the plans that were developed through a collaborative process with input from ANC6B and ANC6D representatives, other public groups and DDOT, and approved by the DC Public Space Committee. Features of the 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 and at the project’s monthly public meetings.

CSX understands that this work will inconvenience some residents in the neighborhood around the Virginia Avenue Tunnel and other drivers, and we apologize for those disruptions. We remain committed to completing this project as quickly as safety will allow, and we remain on schedule for being finished within the 42-month window we announced at the beginning of the project. We greatly appreciate your patience in the meantime.
 

September 22, 2017
Barracks Row Fall Festival, Sept. 23rd

This Saturday, September 23rd, the Barracks Row Main Street Association will host its annual Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Barracks Row. Come out to see all of the artists, businesses, performers and more that Fall Festival has to offer. CSX is proud to serve as a partner for this event. For more information visit: http://www.barracksrow.org/

September 15, 2017
Saturday Work, September 16

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 16th, 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. 

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