CSX contractors have completed summary reports on noise, vibration and air quality monitoring during May 2015. Monitoring results will be posted on a monthly basis throughout construction. http://bit.ly/1SsUU9T
Thank you to everyone who attended this morning’s Coffee with Chuck. For those who weren’t able to attend, the presentation is available here: http://bit.ly/1IP5fsc
Upcoming Coffee with Chuck sessions will be held on Thursday, July 23; Wednesday, August 19; and Wednesday, September 30. We’ll be sharing additional details in the coming weeks and months. We hope you can join us.
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 Wednesday June 17 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/1f4MZB2.
Within the next few weeks CSX will install stockade fencing along the south side of Garfield Park where it abuts the ad hoc recreation space beneath I-695 at 2nd Street. The recreation space will continue to be accessible from Garfield Park. Detour signs will be installed to direct pedestrians to use New Jersey Avenue or 3rd Street to continue to areas south of the freeway.
Beginning as soon as Monday, June 29, Virginia Avenue between 4th Street and 5th Street also will be closed completely to traffic and parking, for the duration of the project. This is necessary for construction of the new tunnel. Fencing will be installed along the perimeter of the project site and crews will complete additional preparations before starting “support of excavation” work (drilling holes for steel pilling) as the first step in construction of the new tunnel.
Pedestrians and drivers should expect to follow detours around the closed section of Virginia Avenue, primarily by using K Street S.E. for eastbound travel between 4th and 5th Streets.
Beginning as soon as Monday, June 22, Virginia Avenue between 2nd Street and 3rd Street will be closed completely to traffic and parking, for the duration of the project. Fencing will be installed along the perimeter of the project site and a temporary sidewalk will ensure access is maintained for occupants of adjacent properties. This closure is necessary to complete utility relocations and other preparations in advance of early elements of construction of the first new tunnel, which will begin later this summer.
Pedestrians and drivers should expect to follow detours around the closed section of Virginia Avenue, primarily by using I Street S.E. or K Street S.E. for eastbound travel between 2nd and 3rd Streets. In addition, pedestrians will no longer be able to pass under I-695 to access Garfield Park north of the highway. The ad hoc recreation area under the freeway will only be accessible from Garfield Park on the north side.
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.
Beginning as early as Wednesday, June 17, the north lane of Virginia Avenue S.E. between 5th Street and 7th Street will be closed for additional work related to utility relocations and installation of temporary street lighting. The southern lane will remain open for normal eastbound traffic. This work is expected to continue for approximately two to three (2-3) weeks, into early July. In early July the south lanes will be closed for “support of excavation” work (drilling holes for steel pilling) as the first step in construction of the new tunnel. The south lanes will remain closed through the duration of the project.
Beginning as early as Monday, June 8, additional work related to utility relocations will require the intermittent closure of sections of the two southern lanes of Virginia Avenue between 6th Street and 7th Street, S.E. The northern lane will remain open for normal eastbound traffic. 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 Friday, June 12.
The project team has determined that schedule changes allow the temporary removal of parking restrictions on seven (7) parking spaces on 5th Street near the intersection with Virginia Avenue. Signs will be re-installed when those spaces are needed, and neighbors should continue to comply with posted parking restrictions to avoid being ticketed or towed by the District of Columbia. We will continue to review the parking restrictions in place throughout the neighborhood to attempt to minimize the impact of the project on our neighbors.
Due to the work occurring near the project site, some of the parking spaces along Virginia Avenue, S.E., and on cross streets between 2nd and 11th Streets, are being reserved during work hours in accordance with DDOT-approved Maintenance of Traffic plans. CSX appreciates that this creates inconveniences for some of our neighbors and we are committed to keeping as much parking as possible available to neighbors.
We’ve been asked several questions about why parking spaces are reserved but then remain unoccupied during the work day. Those spaces are left vacant by design, either because of upcoming work or to ensure the free flow of traffic around work spaces and to accommodate the potential movements of ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency response vehicles. Fire trucks in particular require wide turning and maneuvering spaces, and leaving parking spaces unoccupied helps ensure that they will have the room they need in the event of an emergency.