Beginning Monday, August 31, parking on Virginia Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, S.E. will be restricted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to accommodate the utility-relocation work that is occurring in that block. These restrictions will last for the foreseeable future. We apologize for the inconvenience these restrictions may cause.
Traffic lanes on 4th Street, S.E., near the intersection with Virginia Avenue, will be shifted on Friday, August 28. Parking lanes on both sides of 4th Street, S.E. will be closed, and traffic will be shifted to the western side of the street.
As a reminder, beginning as soon as Monday, August 24, the western driveway entrance to homes in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue will be blocked during regular work hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). The eastern driveway will remain open during the day, and both driveways will be restored to service outside regular work hours. As work progresses east toward 4th St., the eastern driveway will be blocked while the western driveway will remain open. At all times, one access driveway will remain open. The work is expected to last for about 2 days at each driveway. Temporary barriers and signage will be installed to assist drivers in navigating safely around the work. CSX will accommodate access across the driveways to avoid interrupting refuse collection and other essential services while this work is being done.
These temporary blockages are necessary to facilitate relocation of electrical service and water lines. New electric and water lines will also be installed in the public space in front of these homes during the same period, requiring trenches to be dug in that area. The trenching activity will create noise through the use of trenching and earth-moving machinery.
As a reminder, beginning as soon as Monday, August 31, travel lanes will be reduced on 11th Street S.E., between the I-695 off ramp and M Street S.E., beginning in the southbound lanes. This work will likely last 10 weeks or longer. These restrictions are necessary to allow installation of support-of-excavation pilings and temporary bridge decks. Lane closures will shift as work progresses across 11th Street from west to east. Travel lanes will always be maintained in each direction. Congestion may occur as drivers follow temporary traffic control devices.
Due to concerns we have heard from neighbors, we have installed temporary chain link fencing around the area where utility work is occurring in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue. This fencing will remain in place while utility work continues, and will be replaced by stockade construction fencing as utility progress allows. The stockade fencing will stay in place for the duration of the project.
CSX will upgrade the Virginia Avenue streetscape and landscaping as part of 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).
Subsets of those plans are available for review here: http://bit.ly/1JtIFsR and http://bit.ly/1PoHJ7l (to limit the electronic file to a manageable size). There are two parts to the plans, Landscaping and Roadway, which should be reviewed together for a complete picture. Please note, each page of the plan contains a key that explains the symbols and icons used for foliage, finishes and features. 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). Additional exhibits will be available soon to further illustrate what the proposed plan will look like.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/1MDauj9
Upcoming Coffee with Chuck sessions will be held on Thursday, September 30; Wednesday, October 21; and Wednesday, November 18. We’ll be sharing additional details in the coming weeks and months. We hope you can join us.
DC Water has informed CSX that it is necessary to interrupt water service on Tuesday, August 18 at 5 p.m., for users near the intersection of 5th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. The interruption is expected to last up to 8 hours. DC Water suggests that residents collect a supply of water in advance for drinking and cooking. DC Water will work to restore water service as quickly as possible.
The outage is necessary due to the discovery of an undocumented valve that needs to be shut off in order to complete other utility relocation work.
Residents at the Arthur Capper Senior Center, 900 5th Street, S.E., and a small number of other households in the 900 block of 5th Street, S.E., will be affected.
We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause. For additional information, please call DC Water’s 24-Hour Command Center at 202-612-3400.
CSX contractors have completed summary reports on noise, vibration and air quality monitoring during July 2015. Monitoring results will be posted on a monthly basis throughout construction: http://bit.ly/1SsUU9T.