VAT Updates

September 18, 2015
UPDATE – 4th Street S.E. Temporary Closures

The temporary daytime closures of 4th Street S.E. are now scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 21 or Tuesday, Sept. 22, and traffic restrictions have been extended at the request of DDOT. Beginning Monday or Tuesday, 4th Street S.E. will be closed to traffic from the north side of Interstate I-695 to I Street S.E. from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. These closings will occur for four or five days. These closings will not occur on Wednesday, Sept. 23 or Thursday, Sept. 24. Access to the 300 block of Virginia Avenue will be from 3rd Street; access to Capital Quarters driveways from Virginia Avenue will be maintained. Traffic will be detoured around the closing by temporary traffic control devices. Traffic flow will be restored at the end of each work day and will be open through the overnight hours. These closures are necessary to allow the project to confirm the location of underground utilities in advance of the start of pile drilling for the 4th Street bridge deck installation.

September 18, 2015
UPDATE – Gas-Pipeline Work, 8th St. & Virginia Avenue

The previously announced gas-pipeline work in the vicinity of 8th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. is now expected to begin no sooner than Friday, Sept. 25. At that time, Washington Gas will connect a recently installed gas pipeline to an existing gas pipeline. The work may take up to 36 hours and crews will be working around the clock. We do not believe this work will be disruptive to neighbors. 

September 18, 2015
Community Office Closing at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The CSX community office at 861 New Jersey Avenue S.E. will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. If you need to reach us when the office is closed, please call (800) 494-1049 or send an email to VAT@csx.com.

September 17, 2015
Coffee with Chuck, VAT Chief Project Engineer on September 30

Chuck Gullakson, 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, September 30 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. At 8 a.m. Chuck and the project team will provide 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.

September 17, 2015
August Environmental Monitoring Summary Reports Now Available

CSX contractors have completed summary reports on noise, vibration and air quality monitoring during August 2015. Monitoring results will be posted on a monthly basis throughout construction: http://bit.ly/1SsUU9T.

September 15, 2015
Stockade Fence Installation, 300 Block of Virginia Avenue

As previously announced, CSX will replace the temporary chain link fencing around the area where utility work is occurring in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue S.E. with a stockade construction fence beginning Wednesday, September 16. The stockade fence will stay in place for the duration of the project. A detailed diagram of the fencing, driveways and sidewalks can be found on the project website in the August 19 "Coffee with Chuck" presentation (http://ow.ly/Se2IF).

September 15, 2015
Update – Water-Service Interruption, 200 & 300 Blocks of Virginia Avenue

The previously announced second water-service disruption for the 200 and 300 blocks of Virginia Avenue S.E. is now expected to occur as soon as Thursday, September 24. This work will take place overnight to minimize the impact on customers. Customers who will be affected by the disruption should also expect to receive advance notices directly from DC Water.

To prepare for disruptions like this, DC Water advises customers to collect a supply of water in advance. Filling bathtubs with clean water is often a convenient way to meet many household needs, especially during planned disruptions of limited duration like this one is expected to be.

We will provide additional information as soon as it is available, and customers who will be affected by the disruption should also expect to receive advance notices directly from DC Water.

We apologize for any inconveniences these disruptions may cause.

September 15, 2015
Street Closure, 300 Block of Virginia Avenue

Please note that the 300 block of Virginia Avenue S.E. will be closed to all traffic and parking in early October, as previously announced. This closing will last for the duration of the tunnel reconstruction project. Temporary driveways and sidewalks will be installed beforehand to ensure that the area remains accessible to pedestrians and residents at all times. A detailed diagram of the fencing, driveways and sidewalks can be found on the project website in the August 19 "Coffee with Chuck" presentation (http://ow.ly/Se2IF). Detours will be established for traffic passing through the area. We will provide additional information as soon as it is available.

September 15, 2015
4th Street S.E. Temporary Closures

Beginning as soon as Monday, September 21, 4th Street S.E. will be closed to traffic between Virginia Avenue and I Street from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily for four or five days. Right turns from eastbound Virginia Avenue to 4th Street will be prohibited; access to Capital Quarters driveways from Virginia Avenue will be maintained. Traffic will be detoured around the closing by temporary traffic control devices. Traffic flow will be restored at the end of each work day and will be open through the overnight hours. Additional detour information will be provided in advance of the closings. These closures are necessary to allow the project to confirm the location of underground utilities in advance of the start of pile drilling for the 4th Street bridge deck installation.

September 15, 2015
8th St. & Virginia Avenue – Weekend Gas-pipeline Work Update

The previously announced gas-pipeline work in the vicinity of 8th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. that was originally scheduled for the weekend of September 12-13 is now scheduled to begin this Thursday, September 17. During this time, Washington Gas will connect a recently installed gas pipeline to an existing gas pipeline. The work may take up to 36 hours and crews will be working around the clock. We do not believe this work will be disruptive to neighbors. 

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