VAT Updates

November 9, 2017
Saturday Work, Nov. 11th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Nov. 11th, 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, demolition, 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.

November 9, 2017
3rd Street Lane Shifts Anticipated as Progress Continues

Work continues to progress on schedule on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue. Placement of new granite curbing and sidewalks, drainage work and underground preparations for streetlights is well underway on the west side of 3rd Street. Weather permitting, CSX expects the west half of the intersection will receive new pavement within the next week. Shortly thereafter, traffic will be directed off of the temporary street deck/bridge and onto the new paving in a temporary configuration to allow removal of the remaining portion of the street deck/bridge. Street restoration will then continue on the east half of the 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue intersection. Drivers are urged to be cautious as they navigate the new lane configurations on 3rd Street.

CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we work expeditiously toward completing the project and the streetscape enhancements.

November 9, 2017
Please Plan to Join Us for the Nov. 15th “Coffee with Chuck”

The last 2017 “Coffee with Chuck” morning briefing will be held Wednesday, November 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Avenue SE. Registration and refreshments will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. The VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.

November 1, 2017
Saturday Work, Nov. 4th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Nov. 4th, 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, demolition, 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.

November 1, 2017
Anticipated Open Space Restoration Schedule Featured at Open House

At the community open house two weeks ago, CSX provided information about the anticipated schedule for restoring and reopening the open spaces along Virginia Avenue that have been disturbed during the project. Among the highlights, and barring any unforeseen circumstances or severe weather impacts, CSX expects to restore and reopen the green spaces in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue in the spring, the open space in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue and the connection to Garfield Park at 2nd Street in the early summer, and Virginia Avenue Park in late summer of 2018. More specific information about timing will be shared as it becomes available. The restoration plans are available for review on the project website. All of the exhibits from the Oct. 19 open house are available here on the project website.

The project remains on schedule to be completed within the originally announced 42-month timeframe, and CSX remains committed to completing the project as efficiently as possible.

November 1, 2017
Please Plan to Join Us for the Nov. 15th “Coffee with Chuck”

The last 2017 “Coffee with Chuck” morning briefing will be held Wednesday, November 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Avenue SE. Registration and refreshments will be available beginning at 7:30. The VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.

October 27, 2017
Saturday Work, Oct. 28th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Oct. 28th, 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, demolition, 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.

October 27, 2017
Anticipated Restoration Schedule Featured at Open House

As part of its presentation at the community open house last week, CSX provided information about the anticipated schedule for restoring and reopening areas of Virginia Avenue, neighborhood cross streets and the open spaces impacted by the project. Among the highlights, and barring any unforeseen circumstances or severe weather impacts, CSX expects to restore and reopen the 300 block of Virginia Avenue in the spring of 2018; the 200, 400 and 500 blocks to be completed in early summer; and the remaining blocks – 600, 700 and 800 – to be completed in late summer of 2018. More specific information about timing will be shared as it becomes available.

 

Features of the Virginia Avenue streetscape plan include extensive landscaping and tree planting; additional Washington globe-style street lights; new brick sidewalks; a new, separate bike path; brick gutters and granite curbing; and other elements that were selected with public input during the approval process. The restoration plans are available for review on the project website.

 

The project remains on schedule to be completed within the originally announced 42-month timeframe, and CSX remains committed to completing the project as efficiently as possible.

 

All of the exhibits from the Oct. 19 open house are available here on the project website.

October 27, 2017
Please Plan to Join Us for the Nov. 15th “Coffee with Chuck”

The last 2017 “Coffee with Chuck” morning briefing will be held Wednesday, November 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Avenue SE. Registration and refreshments will be available beginning at 7:30. The VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.

October 27, 2017
September 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 September 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.

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