CSX today started the major construction phase of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project. The support of excavation work now underway consists of drilling 42-inch holes for steel and concrete pilings that will support a temporary retaining wall necessary to construct the first new permanent tunnel elements. This work is taking place at the west end of the project site in public space near 2nd and H Streets, S.E.
Noting the activity, Chuck Gullakson, chief engineer on the project, said, “CSX remains committed to doing this project the right way – safely and with respect for our neighbors and the community around the project. Now that we’re underway, we plan to complete the project as expeditiously as we can safely do so, consistent with our commitments to minimizing the impact on the community through our extensive mitigation plans.”
Similar work will begin at the east end of the project site, near 11th and M Streets, S.E., within the next few weeks.
The Preservation Fund Payment Confirmation Letter is now available. http://bit.ly/1KoHUjQ
Thank you to everyone who attended Coffee with Chuck this morning. Chuck and the project team provided an update on the project, reviewed upcoming construction activities and answered questions. The presentation from this morning’s meeting is available here: http://bit.ly/1BcpKtt.
Upcoming Coffee with Chuck sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 17; Thursday, July, 23; and Wednesday, August 19. We’ll be sharing additional details in the coming weeks and months. We hope you can join us.
As part of CSX’s voluntarily commitment to hiring workers and select contractors consistent with the spirit of the District of Columbia’s First Source and Certified Business Enterprise programs, our design / build partner Clark / Parsons will host a booth at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) 2015 Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Summit on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. The booth will provide information about employment and subcontracting opportunities with the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project. Other members of the project team will also be available to answer questions.
At the DBE Summit, participants will hear about upcoming DDOT projects and have the opportunity to network with DBE firms, other small businesses, prime contractors in heavy construction and civil engineering, and DDOT project managers. There are also four industry-related concurrent workshops on Construction, Architecture and Engineering Professional Services, DDOT Contract Basics, and Understanding the DDOT Organization.
To learn more information and register for the DBE Summit, please visit: http://bit.ly/1GjviIr.
Beginning as soon as Monday, May 18, utility relocation work will start at 3rd Street S.E., near the intersection with Virginia Avenue. Work will include tree removal, surveying, removing pavement, trenching and other activities associated with utility relocations. Traffic lanes in this area will shift temporarily. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution when traveling through this area and be prepared to follow temporary traffic controls. Additionally, motorists should anticipate moderate delays and are advised to plan for additional travel time or use alternate routes to bypass the construction area. This work is expected to continue through September.
Chuck Gullakson, CSX assistant vice president – National Gateway, and chief project engineer for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project, will host a coffee meeting to share project updates and answer questions from community members on May 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and at 8 a.m. Chuck and the project team will give an update on the status of the project, upcoming construction activity and other items of interest. Refreshments will be provided.
We hope you can join us. Please RSVP by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1EwSqxE
During the week of May 11, a fence will be installed around a portion of Virginia Avenue Park and public access to the area will be prohibited. These restrictions are necessary to ensure the public's safety while utilities located within the park's boundaries are relocated, and to create a staging area to support that work. The fence will extend eastward from 8th Street along the north side of Virginia Ave. to 9th Street, where it will continue into the park along the north side of the community garden. From there the fence will extend eastward to L Street, along L to 11th St. and north on 11th St. to the south side of I-695. The fence is represented as a green line in the illustration on page 4 of the following PDF: http://bit.ly/1JSJaM1.
Access to the portion of the park being fenced will be restricted through the duration of the tunnel project. CSX apologizes for any inconveniences that these restrictions may create. Access will be restored and enhancements will be made to the park at the completion of the tunnel-construction project.
The community garden and the area adjacent to it at the corner of 9th St. and Potomac Avenue, S.E. will continue to be accessible to neighbors throughout the duration of the project.
Alternative recreation areas in the neighborhood include Garfield Park, at Virginia Avenue and 3rd Streets, S.E.; Washington Canal Park, along 2nd Street between M and I Streets, S.E.; the baseball diamond at 11th and I Streets, S.E.; Yards Park, at 4th and Water Streets, S.E.; and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.
Beginning as soon as Monday, May 11, utility relocation work will start near the intersections of Virginia Avenue and 5th, 6th, 8th and 11th Streets, S.E. Work will include surveying, pavement removal, trenching and other activities associated with utility relocations. Traffic lanes in these areas may be shifted and some parking spaces will be occupied. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution when traveling through this area and be prepared to follow temporary traffic controls. This work is expected to continue through September.
Near Southeast Community Partners (NSC Partners) has selected the Community Mitigation Fund Committee members. The committee will be responsible for allocating the $650,000 fund provided by CSX to offset temporary inconveniences resulting from the project and to support neighborhood enhancements.
NSC Partners received a tremendous response from well-qualified applicants, and gave careful consideration to selecting individuals who represent the diversity of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel neighborhood. For a full list of committee members, click here: http://bit.ly/1E1cgBT.
The previously announced utility relocation work in the ad hoc recreation area under I-695 at 2nd Street S.E. began today, May 4. Access to the area will be limited during construction hours and visitors are encouraged to be cautious when traveling near the area. In the coming weeks, this work will extend into the intersection of 2nd Street S.E. and Virginia Avenue. Future updates will provide further notice of that planned work.