VAT Updates

April 28, 2017
Saturday Work, April 29

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, April 29, 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.

 

April 28, 2017
Support Barracks Row Taste of 8th, April 29

Plan now to attend the Barracks Row Taste of 8th celebration on Saturday, April 29th, from 1 to 4 p.m. Barracks Row restaurants will serve appetizer-sized samples of their best-known or newest dishes. Some of last year's participants included Sweet Lobby, Souk, Pineapple and Pearls, Nooshi Sushi, Medium Rare, matchbox, Lavagna, District Doughnut, DCanter, Chat’s Liquors, Capital Teas, Banana Café, Bayou Bakery, Belga Cafe, Ambar, and more! For more information and tickets, visit http://www.barracksrow.org/.

 

April 28, 2017
7th Street Intersection to Close on or around Tuesday, May 2

As a reminder, the intersection of 7th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. will close on or around Tuesday, May 2nd, 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 28, 2017
Tunnel Demolition Pending in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue

As early as next week, May 1-5, CSX will begin demolition in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue. Due to the reinforcing from the 1980s tunnel repair, this demolition may produce higher than normal levels of noise. CSX will continue to monitor these activities through our environmental monitoring program and will minimize noise levels whenever possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

April 28, 2017
Tunnel Demolition Pending in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue

As early as next week, May 1-5, CSX will begin demolition in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue. Due to the reinforcing from the 1980s tunnel repair, this demolition may produce higher than normal levels of noise. CSX will continue to monitor these activities through our environmental monitoring program and will minimize noise levels whenever possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

April 21, 2017
7th Street Intersection to Close as Soon as Next Week

As a reminder, the intersection of 7th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. may close as soon as next week, April 24-28, 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 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

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