VAT Updates

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. 

September 9, 2015
Water-Service Interruptions, 200 & 300 Blocks of Virginia Avenue

The previously announced water-service disruptions for the 200 and 300 blocks of Virginia Avenue S.E. are now scheduled to occur overnight from Thursday, September 10, to Friday, September 11, 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.

One additional brief disruption is likely to occur in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue during the week of September 14-19. 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 9, 2015
Gas-Pipeline Work, 8th St. & Virginia Avenue

Washington Gas plans to work this weekend (Sept. 12-13) in the vicinity of 8th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. to connect a recently installed gas pipeline to an existing gas pipeline. The weekend work has been scheduled on a special basis to minimize potential disruptions and ensure that the work is completed as expeditiously as possible. The work may take up to 36 hours and crews will be working around the clock. This weekend schedule has been approved by the District DOT. We do not believe this work will be disruptive to neighbors.

September 9, 2015
Detailed Renderings Now Available of Proposed Virginia Avenue Restoration Plans

Detailed color renderings of the proposed Virginia Avenue restoration plans are now available on the project website here under the Project Documents section. As part of our commitment to the community, CSX will upgrade the Virginia Avenue streetscape and landscaping during the restoration process after the completion of tunnel construction. Over the past four years, we’ve collected significant input from community residents and organizations about their preferences and ideas for key features. Many of those ideas have been incorporated into the proposed future streetscape and landscape plans for Virginia Avenue, and CSX has submitted draft engineering plans for the final restoration of Virginia Avenue for technical review to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

Complete plans have been provided to ANC 6B, ANC 6D, Councilman Allen’s office and the Arthur Capper Senior Center, and are also available in the Community Office (open from 7 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, and noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays). CSX expects ANC 6B and ANC 6D will announce specific plans for community review and feedback. Please find additional details on the public review and comment process here. CSX looks forward to working with community members throughout the process. For more information, please contact the DDOT Public Space Committee Coordinator at publicspace.committee@dc.gov.

September 3, 2015
Paving Stone Reclamation

CSX and the project team recovered an estimated 8,800 historical paving stones during initial construction work on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project. The stones represent a significant part of the city’s historic roadway network and will be preserved for reuse in the restoration of Virginia Avenue Park and other projects throughout the District. Please read our newsletter article to learn more.

September 3, 2015
Labor Day – No Construction Activity, Community Office Closed

There will be no Virginia Avenue Tunnel-related construction activity on Monday, September 7, and the project Community Office will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. From the VAT project team, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Labor Day!There will be no Virginia Avenue Tunnel-related construction activity on Monday, September 7, and the project Community Office will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. From the VAT project team, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Labor Day!

September 3, 2015
Reminder: Utility Disruptions

Water-service disruptions are pending next week for the 200 and 300 blocks of Virginia Avenue S.E. as well as Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets. CSX is working with DC Water to identify as clearly as possible when those disruptions will occur. We will share that information as soon as it is available. Previous disruptions were completed between midnight and early morning hours 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.

A gas-service disruption also is pending for the 1000 block of L Street S.E. and we are working with Washington Gas to identify as clearly as possible when that disruption might occur. We will share that information as soon as it is available. Customers who will be affected by the disruption should also expect to receive advance notices directly from Washington Gas.

We apologize for any inconveniences these disruptions may cause.

September 3, 2015
Pedestrian Access on 4th Street and 11th Street

Due to new construction activity, pedestrian access has been closed on the east side of 4th Street S.E., near the intersection with Virginia Avenue and under the I-695 overpass. These temporary restrictions are necessary while we begin work to install the temporary street decks over the tunnel excavation area. When work on the east side is completed, it will be reopened with restored pedestrian access and pedestrian access on the west side will then be restricted while the remainder of the temporary street deck is completed. Similarly, pedestrian access on the west side of 11th Street between the I-695 off ramp and M Street S.E. has been closed while we install pilings and temporary bridge decks, and work on utility relocations. Once the street decks are in place, pedestrian access will be restored on both sides of 4th Street and 11th Street. This same pattern of restriction and restoration of access will occur as we install street decks on 3rd, 5th/6th, 7th and 8th Streets in the future. The schedule for these installations was included in the recent Coffee with Chuck briefing, available on the project website: http://bit.ly/1MDauj9.

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