VAT Updates

April 21, 2017
March Environmental Monitoring Reports Available

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 March 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.

April 21, 2017
Open House Exhibits Now Available

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the community Open House on Thursday evening, April 20. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted to the project website. Please plan now to attend our next events, including "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, May 17, and Wednesday, June 14, and our next Open House on Thursday, July 20.

April 21, 2017
Saturday Work, April 22

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, April 22, 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, concrete construction activities, and excavation activities east of 11th Street. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

April 21, 2017
Support Earth Day with Anacostia Watershed Society, April 22

Join CSX employees and thousands of other volunteers as part of the Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day Clean-Up and Celebration on Saturday, April 22. AWS volunteers are stepping up and doing what it takes to clean the Anacostia River. Be prepared to get dirty and have fun! Registration is still open here: http://www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2017/volunteer.php

April 13, 2017
No Saturday Work, April 15

CSX has no plans to conduct construction activity on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project on Saturday, April 15. Work will resume on Monday, April 17.

April 13, 2017
7th Street Intersection to Close as soon as April 24

As a reminder, the intersection of 7th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. will close as early as Monday, April 24, following the reopening of 5th Street. The 7th Street closing will allow the installation of a temporary bridge deck across the area to be excavated for the second new tunnel. CSX expects the closure to last at least 4 weeks. CSX will provide regular updates on the progress of the deck construction in the coming weeks and the anticipated re-opening date as it becomes known.

 

While 7th Street is closed between Virginia Avenue and L Street, detour signs will be in place north and south of Virginia Avenue on 7th Street to direct drivers around the closure. A pathway for pedestrians will remain open throughout the period that the street is closed. CSX has prepared a map showing detour routes around the closed intersection, available here on the project website. Updates on timing (if any) will be provided as they become available.

April 13, 2017
Open House Scheduled for April 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please plan now to join us for our next community Open House event on Thursday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E. Project representatives will be available to answer questions about recent and upcoming activities. We look forward to seeing you there.

April 13, 2017
NSCP Seeks Additional Mitigation Fund Committee Members

There is still time to apply to join the VAT Supplemental Community Mitigation Fund Committee, administered by Near Southeast Community Partners. The committee reviews applications and awards grants from the $650,000 Community Fund. Applications are being accepted until April 30 through the NSCP website, nscpartners.org/fund-criteria-application-form.

April 7, 2017
Saturday Work, April 8

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, April 8, 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, concrete construction activities, and excavation activities east of 11th Street. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

 

April 7, 2017
Daytime Closings of 4th Street Continue Next Week

Weather permitting, CSX expects the utility construction work on 4th Street to be completed next week. Additional temporary daytime closings will be required. The closings will take place only between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Temporary detours will be in place when the intersection is closed, and vehicle access to the temporary Capitol Quarter driveway to 4th Street will be restricted. Pedestrian access will be maintained. CSX apologizes for any inconvenience that this work may cause.

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