The CSX team encountered an unexpected delay related to utility work in completing the realignment of 8th Street this week. The work is now expected to be complete by Friday, June 23. Once complete, the intersection will remain in this configuration until the final restoration at the completion of the project.
As part of our efforts to maintain a safe, secure project environment throughout the reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel, we are conducting a comprehensive monitoring program that measures and records noise, vibration and air quality near the site. The May 2017 summary reports on noise, vibration, and air-quality monitoring are now available. We encourage you to visit the environmental monitoring page as you are reviewing the reports for helpful background information.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Coffee with Chuck on Wednesday, June 14. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted on the project website. Please plan now to attend our next events, including our next Open House on Thursday, July 20, and Coffee with Chuck on Wednesday, August 16.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, June 10, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, excavation and installation of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.
Construction team members expect to be paving the 6th Street ramp in short intervals during the week of June 12th. These activities will occur in short, 15-minute intervals, during the non-rush hour traffic hours of 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. These activities will allow the 6th Street exit ramp from I-695 to be restored to two lanes. The narrowing of lanes was necessary to allow the installation of new storm drains and perform other necessary tasks to align with the planned configuration of 6th Street when it is restored as part of Phase II of the tunnel project. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important project.
Several important milestones will occur over the next few weeks as we continue to make progress on temporary bridge decks and other street-level projects:
- CSX expects to complete the temporary realignment of 8th Street next week. The intersection will remain in this configuration until the final restoration at the completion of the project.
- All lanes of 11th street are expected to be open by June 10th. This is the final configuration for 11th Street.
- Work on 7th Street is progressing on schedule and it is expected to reopen by early July.
These timelines are subject to change if severe weather or unanticipated events occur. We will provide updated information if significant delays occur.
Please plan to join us for our next "Coffee with Chuck" briefing, on Wednesday, June 14, where the VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. The event is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration and refreshments begin at 7:30 a.m.) at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, June 3, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, excavation and installation of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.
No construction activity will occur on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project over the Memorial Day weekend, May 27-May 29. Some workers may be present to monitor site conditions during the three-day weekend, but no construction activity is planned at this time.
As you may recall, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D undertook extensive efforts to refine proposals for the restoration of Virginia Avenue following completion of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, with much support from CSX. Those plans were approved by the DC Public Space Committee in 2015. CSX recently produced new exhibits of the plans for display at public meetings and in the community office, and copies of those exhibits are available here on the project website.
The restored Virginia Avenue streetscape will feature more than 350 trees, additional greenspaces, improved lighting, upgraded finishes and a bike path that is separated from the street and the pedestrian sidewalk along the length of Virginia Avenue between 2nd Street and 11th Street.
CSX remains on schedule for completing the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project in 2018, and street restoration will begin early next year as the project nears completion.