VAT Updates

October 8, 2015
Columbus Day Schedule

Work on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project will occur on a normal schedule on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12. The Community Office will be open from 7 a.m. to noon.

October 8, 2015
CSX Releases Neighborhood Guide

Last week CSX announced the availability of The Neighborhood Guide, a location-enabled app that lists restaurants, shops, services, parking lots and more in the vicinity of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel. CSX developed The Neighborhood Guide in collaboration with Barracks Row and the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District to encourage project team members and construction personnel to support area businesses during the project. The guide is also available to the public. Please take advantage of this guide to local businesses.

October 8, 2015
DC Preservation League Grants Announced

The DC Preservation League has announced the availability of Preservation Initiative (PI) grants for preservation planning, research, outreach/education, and bricks and mortar projects related to historic and cultural sites within the geographic area surrounding the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project. These grants are intended to help stimulate public discussion, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, make technical expertise accessible, and encourage partnerships.

Administered by DCPL, in consultation with the DC State Historic Preservation Office (DC SHPO), funds for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Grant Project were provided by CSX and through the DC Historic Preservation Office as mitigation for effects associated with reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel.

Grant applications are due December 4, 2015. More information is available on the DC Preservation League’s website.

October 6, 2015
Virginia Avenue Streetscape Review Meeting Minutes & Proposed Plans Now Available

Minutes, notes and handouts from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D Virginia Avenue Streetscape Review meeting on September 28 are now available here.

Detailed street-by-street Virginia Avenue streetscape and landscape plans are now available for review here.

The D.C. Public Space Committee will host a public meeting on these proposed plans on November 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington D.C. Additional details about the meeting will be forthcoming.

September 30, 2015
Coffee with Chuck Presentation on September 30

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:

Upcoming Coffee with Chuck sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 21, Wednesday, November 18, and Wednesday, December 16. We’ll be sharing additional details in the coming weeks and months. We hope you can join us.

September 23, 2015
Installation of Temporary Sidewalks and Driveways, 300 Block of Virginia Avenue

Beginning the week of October 5, temporary sidewalks and driveways will be installed on the east and west ends of the 300 block of Virginia Avenue to maintain pedestrian and vehicle access when Virginia Avenue is closed. These connections are illustrated on slide 5 of the exhibits from the most recent Coffee with Chuck (

September 23, 2015
Closing of Virginia Ave. between 3rd Street and 4th Street

Following installation of the temporary sidewalks and driveways during the week of October 5th, Virginia Avenue S.E. between 3rd Street and 4th Street will be closed completely to traffic and parking for the duration of the reconstruction project. This is necessary for construction of the new tunnel. Stockade fencing will be installed on the south side of the construction area, and the temporary sidewalks and driveways will ensure access for residents throughout the project.

Drivers in the area should expect to follow detours around the closed section of Virginia Avenue. The recommended alternative route for eastbound travelers coming from the north is G Street S.E., and the recommended alternative for eastbound travelers coming from the south is L Street S.E. Access across Virginia Avenue on 3rd and 4th Streets will be maintained, except for some temporary closures for installation of bridge decks over the construction area.

CSX apologizes for the inconveniences this work may cause.

September 23, 2015
Utility Weekend Work – September 26 and 27

The previously announced gas-pipeline work in the vicinity of 8th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. is now expected to occur Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. At that time, Washington Gas will connect a recently installed gas pipeline to an existing gas pipeline. The work is expected to continue through the week of September 28 and crews may be working around the clock during this period. We do not believe this work will be disruptive to neighbors.

Due to delays resulting from work restrictions during the Papal visit, work to identify underground utilities will occur in the 600 block of Virginia Avenue S.E., on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

September 23, 2015
Start of Excavation for New Tunnel

Excavation work for the first new tunnel is expected to begin in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue during the week of September 28. Earthmoving equipment and other machinery will be involved in this work, potentially creating different noises than neighbors have witnessed previously. CSX and the C/P construction team remains committed to keeping construction noise within the limits established by the project’s Record of Decision and will actively monitor to ensure compliance.

September 23, 2015
Public Meeting for Streetscape Review September 28

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D will host a public meeting to review proposed plans for the restoration of the Virginia Avenue, SE, streetscape following the completion of the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel project. The meeting will be held Monday, September 28, in the community room at 200 I Street, S.E., Washington, DC. Proposed restoration plans will be available for review at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 pm.

If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Caser Barreto at 202-671-2829 or 72 hours in advance of the meeting. If you need language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Karen Randolph at (202) 671-2620 or 72 hours in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.