VAT Updates

March 23, 2018
VAT Team Completes Final Tunnel Roof Pour

The Clark/Parsons JV Virginia Avenue Tunnel team this week completed the final concrete tunnel roof pour for the entire VAT project. The team poured over 84,000 cubic yards of concrete for the tunnel, and has completed the effort on schedule. The entire project remains on schedule for completion in Fall of 2018, within the 42-month construction period identified at the project outset.

March 23, 2018
Saturday Work, March 24th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, March 24th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition and removal of temporary bracing, street restoration work, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect any of this to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive.

 

March 23, 2018
3rd Street and 300-block restoration work continues

Work continues to progress on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue and in the 300-block. New paving, granite curbing, sidewalks, drainage and underground work for streetlights are well underway. In the upcoming weeks, CSX will remove stockade fences and install temporary chain link fencing to allow for final landscaping. CSX appreciates the community’s patience while we complete this important work.

 

March 23, 2018
“Coffee with Chuck” Presentation Now Available

Thanks to everyone who joined us for “Coffee with Chuck” on Wednesday morning, March 21st. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted to the project website. Please plan now to attend our next "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, May 16th.

March 16, 2018
Saturday Work, March 17th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, March 17th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition and removal of temporary bracing, street restoration work, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect any of this to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive.

March 16, 2018
4th and 5th Street Intersections Now Closed

The 4th Street SE intersection with Virginia Avenue and the 5th/6th Street SE intersection with Virginia Avenue are now temporarily closed for approximately 3-4 months. The closure will allow removal of the existing temporary bridge decks, completion of a portion of the roof of the second new Virginia Avenue Tunnel and final street restoration.

The east side driveway to the Capitol Quarter townhomes has been switched to the original alignment from Virginia Avenue. Drivers will be directed to drive down Virginia Avenue to go north- or south-bound on 3rd Street.

The 6th Street off-ramp from I-695 will remain open while this work is occurring.

Pedestrian access will be maintained across the intersections throughout this process.

For detour information, please visit the project website to find information about the 4th Street closing here and the 5th Street closing here. Signs, barrels, barriers and other traffic control measures will be deployed to guide drivers through the area.

CSX urges all drivers to use caution through these intersections and others affected by the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project.

Thank you in advance for your continued patience while we work to complete the street restorations and the project.

March 16, 2018
Please Plan to Join Us for the March 21st "Coffee with Chuck"

The next "Coffee with Chuck" morning briefing will be held Wednesday, March 21st, 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 a.m. The VAT engineering team will provide an update on the current status of construction as well as upcoming activities. We hope to see you there.

March 9, 2018
VAT Team Sets Last Roof Panel

The Clark/Parsons JV Virginia Avenue Tunnel team this week set the last precast roof panel for the entire VAT project. The team set 937 panels, covering roughly 7,600 feet, and has completed the effort on schedule. The entire project remains on schedule for completion in Fall of 2018, within the 42-month construction period identified at the project outset.
 

March 9, 2018
Saturday Work, March 10th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, March 10th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition, removal of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect any of this to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive.

 

March 9, 2018
5th Street Intersection To Close, on or about March 14th

On or about March 14th, CSX expects to temporarily close the 5th/6th Street SE intersection with Virginia Avenue for approximately 3-4 months. The closure will allow removal of the existing temporary bridge deck and final street restoration. The timing for the closure and work is dependent on favorable weather conditions. CSX will provide updates as the work progresses.

The 6th Street off-ramp from I-695 will remain open while this work is underway.

Traffic will be severely limited on 5th Street, north of K Street while the 5th/6th Street intersection is closed. All through-traffic wishing to reach destinations north of Virginia Avenue will be detoured to 7th Street. Only vehicles wishing to access residences in the 900 block of 5th Street, including the Capper Center, should enter the block. All other vehicles should follow detour signs to L Street and 7th Street for travel north of Virginia Avenue. There will be additional parking restrictions on 5th Street while this work is underway.

While the intersection is closed, detour signs will be placed south of Virginia Avenue on K Street, L Street, 5th Street, 7th Street, and on the westbound lanes of Virginia Avenue (north of I-695), to direct drivers around the closure. A pathway across the intersection will remain open for pedestrians throughout the period that the street is closed.

Illustrations of the roadway configurations during the closing can be found here on the project website. Signs, barrels, barriers and other traffic control measures will be deployed to guide drivers through the area.

CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection and others affected by the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project.

 

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