VAT Updates

July 24, 2015
Virginia Ave. Closed between 8th and 9th Street

Virginia Avenue S.E. between 8th and 9th Street S.E. is now closed to all traffic and pedestrians. This closing will last for the duration of the project. Pedestrians and drivers should follow detours around the closed section of Virginia Avenue S.E.

July 23, 2015
Comcast Service Interruptions Aug. 6 & 7

Comcast is planning to perform cable splicing on Thursday, August 6th, and Friday, August 7th, as part of the utility-relocation work that has been underway along Virginia Avenue S.E.

Residents who use Comcast services can expect 30-45 minute service interruptions while the splicing is taking place. The current anticipated schedule is:

Thursday, August 6: splicing at 4th Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., potentially affecting subscribers in and around the 300 block of Virginia Ave. and the 800 and 900 blocks of 4th Street, S.E.

Friday, August 7: splicing at 8th Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., potentially affecting subscribers near that intersection on Virginia Avenue and in the 1000 block of 8th Street, S.E.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Residents should plan now for access to alternative communications services during the upcoming interruptions.

July 23, 2015
Coffee with Chuck Presentation on July 23

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:

Upcoming Coffee with Chuck sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 19; Thursday, September 30; and Wednesday, October 21 . We’ll be sharing additional details in the coming weeks and months. We hope you can join us.

July 16, 2015
Coffee with Chuck, VAT Chief Project Engineer, on July 23

Chuck Gullakson, CSX assistant vice president – National Gateway, and chief project engineer for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project, will host a coffee meeting to share project updates and answer questions from community members on July 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E.  Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and at 8 a.m. Chuck and the project team will give an update on the status of the project, upcoming construction activity and other items of interest. Refreshments will be provided. 

We hope you can join us. Please RSVP by clicking here:

July 15, 2015
June Environmental Monitoring Summary Reports Now Available

CSX contractors have completed summary reports on noise, vibration and air quality monitoring during June 2015. Monitoring results will be posted on a monthly basis throughout construction:

July 10, 2015
Update on Construction Activity on Virginia Avenue between 4th and 5th Street

Earlier this week Virginia Avenue S.E. between 4th and 5th Streets S.E. as well as the I Street S.E. connection to Virginia Avenue S.E. closed. Crews are installing fencing along the construction zone and public access to that area will be prohibited. These restrictions are necessary to ensure the public's safety during construction.

Beginning next week there will be increased preparatory construction activity inside the fenced area and a drill rig will be mobilized to start drilling for steel and concrete pilings. The drilling work is expected to start on or about the week of July 20.

July 10, 2015
Parking Restrictions

The parking spaces along Virginia Avenue S.E., between 3rd and 4th Streets will be reserved during work hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., from Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17. The parking restrictions are in place to allow for tree removal in the area and are in accordance with DDOT-approved Maintenance of Traffic plans.

As a reminder, the parking spaces on both sides of 5th Street S.E. are also reserved during work hours. The parking is needed due to the DDOT-approved Maintenance of Traffic plan which directs traffic away from the work zone, and provides needed clearances for emergency response vehicles that may need to travel through the area. Please observe the posted reserved parking signs.

CSX recognizes that this creates inconveniences for some of our neighbors. As a result we are continuously looking at ways to keep as much parking as possible available to the Project's neighbors.

July 10, 2015
Closing Virginia Avenue between 8th and 9th Street

We expect to close portions of Virginia Avenue S.E. between 8th and 9th Street S.E. starting on or about Monday, July 20. This closing will last for the duration of the project. Pedestrians and drivers should expect to follow detours around the closed section of Virginia Avenue S.E.

June 26, 2015
Virginia Ave. Closed between 2nd Street and 3rd Street

Virginia Avenue between 2nd Street and 3rd Street was closed completely to traffic and parking on Wednesday, June 24. This closure will last through the duration of the tunnel-reconstruction project. Extensive signage is in place to guide drivers around the Virginia Avenue closure at 2nd Street. The recommended alternative route for eastbound travel is east on I Street, south on 4th Street, east on K Street, north on 5th Street and then east on Virginia Avenue.

June 26, 2015
Daytime Lane Closures on Virginia Ave. between 5th and 7th Street

Our work on Virginia Avenue between 5th Street and 7th Street, S.E., was delayed. We now anticipate that, beginning Monday, June 29, temporary lane closures on eastbound Virginia Avenue between 5th and 7th Streets will occur each day between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. These temporary closings are necessary to allow for additional utility-relocation work and installation of temporary street lighting. This work is expected to continue for approximately two to three (2-3) weeks.