VAT Updates

May 18, 2015
DDOT 2015 Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Summit

As part of CSX’s voluntarily commitment to hiring workers and select contractors consistent with the spirit of the District of Columbia’s First Source and Certified Business Enterprise programs, our design / build partner Clark / Parsons will host a booth at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) 2015 Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Summit on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. The booth will provide information about employment and subcontracting opportunities with the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project. Other members of the project team will also be available to answer questions.

At the DBE Summit, participants will hear about upcoming DDOT projects and have the opportunity to network with DBE firms, other small businesses, prime contractors in heavy construction and civil engineering, and DDOT project managers. There are also four industry-related concurrent workshops on Construction, Architecture and Engineering Professional Services, DDOT Contract Basics, and Understanding the DDOT Organization.

To learn more information and register for the DBE Summit, please visit:

May 14, 2015
Utility Relocation Work on 3rd Street

Beginning as soon as Monday, May 18, utility relocation work will start at 3rd Street S.E., near the intersection with Virginia Avenue. Work will include tree removal, surveying, removing pavement, trenching and other activities associated with utility relocations. Traffic lanes in this area will shift temporarily. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution when traveling through this area and be prepared to follow temporary traffic controls. Additionally, motorists should anticipate moderate delays and are advised to plan for additional travel time or use alternate routes to bypass the construction area. This work is expected to continue through September.

May 11, 2015
Coffee with Chuck, VAT Chief Project Engineer, on May 20

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 May 20 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:

May 7, 2015
Fencing around Virginia Avenue Park

During the week of May 11, a fence will be installed around a portion of Virginia Avenue Park and public access to the area will be prohibited. These restrictions are necessary to ensure the public's safety while utilities located within the park's boundaries are relocated, and to create a staging area to support that work. The fence will extend eastward from 8th Street along the north side of Virginia Ave. to 9th Street, where it will continue into the park along the north side of the community garden. From there the fence will extend eastward to L Street, along L to 11th St. and north on 11th St. to the south side of I-695. The fence is represented as a green line in the illustration on page 4 of the following PDF:

Access to the portion of the park being fenced will be restricted through the duration of the tunnel project. CSX apologizes for any inconveniences that these restrictions may create. Access will be restored and enhancements will be made to the park at the completion of the tunnel-construction project.

The community garden and the area adjacent to it at the corner of 9th St. and Potomac Avenue, S.E. will continue to be accessible to neighbors throughout the duration of the project.

Alternative recreation areas in the neighborhood include Garfield Park, at Virginia Avenue and 3rd Streets, S.E.; Washington Canal Park, along 2nd Street between M and I Streets, S.E.; the baseball diamond at 11th and I Streets, S.E.; Yards Park, at 4th and Water Streets, S.E.; and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

May 7, 2015
Utility Relocation Work on 5th, 6th, 8th and 11th Streets

Beginning as soon as Monday, May 11, utility relocation work will start near the intersections of Virginia Avenue and 5th, 6th, 8th and 11th Streets, S.E. Work will include surveying, pavement removal, trenching and other activities associated with utility relocations. Traffic lanes in these areas may be shifted and some parking spaces will be occupied. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution when traveling through this area and be prepared to follow temporary traffic controls. This work is expected to continue through September. 

May 4, 2015
NSCP Selects Community Mitigation Fund Committee Members

Near Southeast Community Partners (NSC Partners) has selected the Community Mitigation Fund Committee members. The committee will be responsible for allocating the $650,000 fund provided by CSX to offset temporary inconveniences resulting from the project and to support neighborhood enhancements.

NSC Partners received a tremendous response from well-qualified applicants, and gave careful consideration to selecting individuals who represent the diversity of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel neighborhood. For a full list of committee members, click here:

May 4, 2015
Utility Work Has Begun Under I-695 at 2nd Street S.E.

The previously announced utility relocation work in the ad hoc recreation area under I-695 at 2nd Street S.E. began today, May 4. Access to the area will be limited during construction hours and visitors are encouraged to be cautious when traveling near the area. In the coming weeks, this work will extend into the intersection of 2nd Street S.E. and Virginia Avenue. Future updates will provide further notice of that planned work.

April 30, 2015
4th Street Update

Beginning tomorrow, Friday, May 1, traffic lanes on 4th Street, S.E., between the westbound lanes of Virginia Avenue and I Street S.E., will temporarily shift to accommodate utility relocation work. Work will occur Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and is expected to last approximately 60 days. Some parking spaces will be occupied to accommodate lane shifts. Drivers should exercise caution in this area and be prepared to follow traffic controls when traveling on 4th Street S.E.

April 28, 2015
April 2015 Open House Newsletter

For more information about last week’s Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project Open House, please check out our newsletter here:  

April 24, 2015
Pre-construction Environmental Monitoring Summary Reports Now Available

CSX contractors have completed summary reports of pre-construction noise and air-quality monitoring, and the reports are now available online. This pre-construction monitoring establishes a baseline for comparing monitoring results gathered during construction. Once construction starts, summary reports of monitoring results will be posted on a monthly basis.