CSX poured the first roof cap on the second new tunnel in the 200 block of Virginia Avenue last week. You can view the exciting progress we are making here.
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 June 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.
7th Street will reopen to vehicle traffic today, Friday, July 21st. This is the final bridge deck installation in Phase II and for the project. All cross streets will remain in their current configurations until the streetscape is restored after completion of the second new tunnel. We appreciate your patience as we completed the bridge deck installations.
The paving and striping work that was announced earlier this week has been completed. 8th Street will remain in its current configuration until the second tunnel is completed.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the community Open House on Thursday evening, July 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, August 16, and Wednesday, September 13 (new date), and our next Open House on Thursday, October 19.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, July 22nd, 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.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, July 15, 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.
Please plan now to join us for our next community Open House event on Thursday, July 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.
Near Southeast Community Partners will begin accepting applications on August 1 for Round 5 grants from the $650,000 CSX Supplemental Community Mitigation Fund. The deadline for applying for Round 5 grants is September 15. A volunteer committee will decide how the fund is allocated and NSC Partners, the third-party administrator, will disperse the funds in 6 phases during the course of the project.
The online application and information about how to apply are available here.
No construction activity will occur on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project over the 4th of July weekend, July 1st through July 4th. Some workers may be present to monitor site conditions during the four-day weekend, but no construction activity is planned at this time. Community Office Hours on Wednesday, July 5th will be cancelled. Regular posted office hours will resume on July 6th. We hope you have a happy and safe Independence Day.