VAT Updates

July 21, 2017
Saturday Work, July 22nd

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, July 22nd, 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.

July 14, 2017
Saturday Work, July 15th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, July 15, 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.

July 14, 2017
Open House Scheduled for July 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please plan now to join us for our next community Open House event on Thursday, July 20, 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.

July 14, 2017
NSC Partners to Begin Accepting Round 5 Grant Applications August 1

Near Southeast Community Partners will begin accepting applications on August 1 for Round 5 grants from the $650,000 CSX Supplemental Community Mitigation Fund. The deadline for applying for Round 5 grants is September 15. 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.

June 30, 2017
No Weekend Work, July 1-4

No construction activity will occur on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project over the 4th of July weekend, July 1st through July 4th. Some workers may be present to monitor site conditions during the four-day weekend, but no construction activity is planned at this time. Community Office Hours on Wednesday, July 5th will be cancelled. Regular posted office hours will resume on July 6th. We hope you have a happy and safe Independence Day.

June 30, 2017
Saturday Work, July 8

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, July 8th, 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.

June 30, 2017
One Sidewalk on 4th St. Bridge May Be Closed During Construction Hours

One sidewalk may be intermittently closed across the temporary 4th Street bridge deck during construction hours to protect pedestrians while concrete is being poured in that area over the next two weeks. At least one sidewalk across the bridge deck will remain open at all times. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the crosswalks at the corner of 4th & I Street or 4th & Virginia Avenue (north of the interstate) to safely cross the roadway. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

June 30, 2017
"Behind These Walls" Public History Exhibit Now Open

The "Behind These Walls" Exhibit is composed of eleven large historical photographs recently installed on the Washington Navy Yard's historic perimeter wall along 11th and M streets, SE. The selected photographs and text, provided by the Naval History and Heritage Command, highlight moments of both national and local importance that have occurred on the Washington Navy Yard, such as the Yard's pivotal role in the Civil War, as a testing site for military innovation and engagement with the surrounding community.

CSX is proud to have supported the project through the DC Preservation League’s Virginia Avenue Tunnel Fund. The goal of this fund is to support projects within the area surrounding the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project that preserve, restore, research, interpret or otherwise benefit historic resources within the project area. For more information on the fund and how to apply, visit www.dcpreservation.org.

June 23, 2017
8th Street Realignment Complete

The CSX team completed the realignment of 8th Street this week. The intersection will remain in this configuration until the final restoration at the completion of the project. We appreciate the community’s patience as this transition was finished. 

June 23, 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. The team is assembling the second moveable “traveler” concrete framing system, which is used to pour the walls for the tunnel structure. Concrete floors (inverts) are being poured in several blocks and pre-cast roof panels are beginning to arrive on site for installation in the near term. 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.

 

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