VAT Updates

September 15, 2017
Emergency Response Exercise to Occur Sunday, Sept. 17, in Virginia Avenue Park

On Sunday, Sept. 17, between 9 a.m. and noon, CSX and Clark Construction will collaborate with the District of Columbia Fire Department to conduct a training exercise within the construction site in the Virginia Avenue Park area. Emergency equipment will be parked inside the construction fencing while first responders practice removing an injured person from the tunnel area. The exercise is not expected to have any impact on neighbors, and access to the site will be restricted to the construction team and DC Fire Department personnel.

September 15, 2017
"Coffee with Chuck" Presentation Now Available

Thanks to everyone who joined us for “Coffee with Chuck” on Wednesday morning, Sept. 13. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted to the project website. Please plan now to attend our next events, including the next project Open House on Thursday, October 19, at the Courtyard Marriott, and then "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

September 15, 2017
Cross-street Deck Removal and Street Restoration to Begin in early Oct.

CSX continues to make good progress in constructing the second new Virginia Avenue tunnel, and 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 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; and constructing and paving the new roadway.
 
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.

While the entire schedule is being finalized, 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 onramp/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.

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 three to four months, barring unforeseeable weather impacts or other contingencies.

A detailed detour map and additional schedule information will be distributed when it is available.

CSX understands that this work will inconvenience some residents in 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 8, 2017
Deadline is September 15th for Round 5 Community Fund Grant Applications

Near Southeast Community Partners is accepting applications for Round 5 grants from the $650,000 CSX Supplemental Community Mitigation Fund. The deadline for applying for Round 5 grants is September 15th. A volunteer committee will decide how the fund is allocated and NSC Partners, the third-party administrator, will disperse the funds in 6 phases during the course of the project. The online application and information about how to apply are available here

September 8, 2017
Weekend Work, September 9th

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

September 8, 2017
"Coffee with Chuck" on September 13th

Please plan to join us for our next "Coffee with Chuck" briefing, on Wednesday, September 13th, where the VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. The event is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration and refreshments begin at 7:30 a.m.) at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us. 

August 31, 2017
No Weekend Work, September 2-4

No construction activity will occur on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project over the Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through September 4th. Some workers may be present to monitor site conditions during the long weekend, but no construction activity is planned at this time. We hope you have a happy and safe Labor Day.

August 31, 2017
"Coffee with Chuck" on September 13

Please plan to join us for our next "Coffee with Chuck" briefing, on Wednesday, September 13th, where the VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming activities. The event is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration and refreshments begin at 7:30 a.m.) at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us. 

August 31, 2017
NSC Partners Accepting Round 5 Grant Applications, Deadline September 15th

Near Southeast Community Partners is accepting applications for Round 5 grants from the $650,000 CSX Supplemental Community Mitigation Fund. The deadline for applying for Round 5 grants is September 15th. A volunteer committee will decide how the fund is allocated and NSC Partners, the third-party administrator, will disperse the funds in 6 phases during the course of the project. The online application and information about how to apply are available here

August 31, 2017
Construction Progress on Second Tunnel Continues

The CSX team continues to make good progress on demolishing the old Virginia Avenue Tunnel structure and replacing it with the second new tunnel. Placement of concrete on the new tunnel’s floors, walls and roofs is progressing well and on schedule through the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Virginia Avenue, and also at the east end of the project. The portal at the west end of the tunnel, near 2nd Street, S.E., is expected to be completed this fall, and at this point the project remains on schedule to be completed in mid-2018. CSX remains focused on completing this project safely and efficiently, and we appreciate the community’s patience as we continue to press through towards completion.

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