VAT Updates

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. 

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!

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