CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 15th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. There may be disruptions in work due to inclement weather and small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment. CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential impact this work may have on neighbors.
Due to inclement weather preventing work on the I-695 exit ramp this past week, as early as this Monday night, September 17th, the I-695 exit ramp will be fully closed overnight in order to remove old pavement and install a new pavement surface for the motoring public. The work will result in some noise, but CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize noise from this activity. Work will begin as early as this Monday after the evening traffic rush and is expected to be completed before the Tuesday morning traffic rush. Workers and equipment will also be in the 400-block of Virginia Avenue supporting this effort.
This work is heavily dependent on favorable site and weather conditions in advance and during this work activity. This nighttime activity could be moved to later in the week based on the weather.
The Capitol Quarter driveways in the 300-block of Virginia Avenue are now complete. We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience while this work was underway.
Rough grading is nearly complete and other work is currently underway to fully restore the Virginia Avenue Park, including the installation of dog park features, topsoil, grass seeding, tree planting and other landscaping features which will be ongoing in the coming weeks, for its Fall 2018 completion.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 8th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. CSX does not expect any of this to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential 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.
In order to minimize traffic impacts, there will be work on and adjacent to the 6th Street off-ramp of I-695 this Monday night to relocate the temporary traffic barriers in preparation for paving the ramp. Work will begin Monday after the evening traffic rush and completed before the Tuesday morning traffic rush. Workers and equipment will also be in the 400-block of Virginia Avenue supporting this effort. Daytime preparation is necessary in advance of moving these barriers which is weather dependent. If weather impacts the preparation work, this nighttime activity could be moved to Tuesday or Wednesday night.
During daytime hours Monday through Saturday next week, the project team will be performing the final paving of the reconstructed 6th Street off-ramp of I-695. Motorists will see significant activity with workers, equipment, asphalt delivery dump trucks and other equipment present. This work will be performed with the ramp open, however, there may be brief periods of time when the ramp is stopped by traffic flaggers to allow movement of equipment during this operation.
As the paving and striping work progresses through the week, traffic lanes will be shifted from one side of the ramp to the other to accommodate the work while maintaining traffic. The VAT Project Team urges motorists to be cognizant of workers and equipment, and use extreme caution while using the ramp during this process as we complete the ramp in the coming days.
This work is also dependent on good weather, and may require the team to push this effort to better weather days
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.