VAT Updates

October 20, 2017
Saturday Work, October 21st

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, October 21st, 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. Additional work may also occur in the 700 and 800 blocks of Virginia Avenue S.E. on Sunday, Oct. 22. 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 20, 2017
Roadway Reconstruction May Cause Additional Vibrations and Noise

As CSX begins restoring Virginia Avenue, DDOT engineering standards require that the soil used to support the roadbed be compacted in place. Progress on tunnel construction and removal of the cross-street bridge decks will soon see this activity taking place. The CSX team is using industry-standard equipment to complete that work, which includes large, heavy rollers that vibrate while they pass over the soil to be compacted. While residents who live closest to the construction area may feel these vibrations, the vibrations are not strong enough to cause damage to nearby structures.

In addition, as early as next week, CSX will begin removing the temporary loading dock at the 200 I Street building to reconstruct the permanent loading dock. This work will include jackhammering the concrete pad near 3rd Street. Residents and employees of the 200 I Street building may experience higher than normal levels of noise during this time. The removal of concrete will take approximately two-three weeks. 

CSX continues to monitor the noise, vibration and air-quality adjacent to the site, and will take necessary steps to ensure that work remains within the established parameters for the project. We will complete this work as quickly as we can, and apologize for any inconvenience this temporary situation may cause. 

October 20, 2017
Open House Exhibits Now Available

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the community Open House on Thursday evening, October 19. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted to the project website. Please plan now to attend our next event, "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, November 15.

October 13, 2017
Weekend Work, October 14th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, October 14th, 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, removal 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 13, 2017
3rd St. Reduced to One Lane at Virginia Avenue

Traffic on 3rd Street SE has been restricted to one-way, northbound-only travel between I Street and the I-695 on-ramp/Virginia Avenue on the north side of the freeway. Southbound traffic approaching from the Capitol Hill area will be detoured east on G Street and south on 4th Street, unless entering the westbound I-695 on-ramp. (Trucks over 12 feet tall will be detoured to New Jersey Avenue.) Pedestrian access will be maintained across the intersection throughout this process. The 3rd Street driveway to the Capitol Quarter townhomes will remain open during this process, as will access to the parking deck and loading dock for 200 I Street SE.

A detailed detour map is now available on the project website.

October 13, 2017
Roadway Reconstruction May Cause Additional Vibrations and Noise

As CSX begins restoring Virginia Avenue, DDOT engineering standards require that the soil used to support the roadbed be compacted in place. Progress on tunnel construction and removal of the cross-street bridge decks will soon see this activity taking place. The CSX team is using industry-standard equipment to complete that work, which includes large, heavy rollers that vibrate while they pass over the soil to be compacted. While residents who live closest to the construction area may feel these vibrations, the vibrations are not strong enough to cause damage to nearby structures.

In addition, as early as next week, CSX will begin removing the temporary loading dock at the 200 I Street building to reconstruct the permanent loading dock. This work will include jackhammering the concrete pad near 3rd Street. Residents and employees of the 200 I Street building may experience higher than normal levels of noise during this time. The removal of concrete will take approximately two-three weeks. 

CSX continues to monitor the noise, vibration and air-quality adjacent to the site, and will take necessary steps to ensure that work remains within the established parameters for the project. We will complete this work as quickly as we can, and apologize for any inconvenience this temporary situation may cause. 

October 13, 2017
Open House Scheduled for Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m.

Please plan now to join us for our next community Open House event on Thursday, Oct. 19, 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.

October 6, 2017
Weekend Work, October 7th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, October 7th, 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, removal 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 6, 2017
3rd St. Traffic to be Switched as soon as Monday, Weather Permitting

Weather permitting, traffic on 3rd Street SE will be restricted to one-way, northbound-only travel between I Street and the I-695 on-ramp/Virginia Avenue on the north side of the freeway as soon as Monday, Oct. 9. Southbound traffic approaching from the Capitol Hill area will be detoured east on G Street and south on 4th Street, unless entering the westbound I-695 on-ramp. (Trucks over 12 feet tall will be detoured to New Jersey Avenue.) Pedestrian access will be maintained across the intersection throughout this process. The 3rd Street driveway to the Capitol Quarter townhomes will remain open during this process, as will access to the parking deck and loading dock for 200 I Street SE.

A detailed detour map is now available on the project website

CSX understands that this work will inconvenience some residents in the neighborhood around the Virginia Avenue Tunnel and other drivers, and we apologize for those disruptions. We remain committed to completing this project as quickly as safety will allow, and we remain on schedule for being finished within the 42-month window we announced at the beginning of the project. We greatly appreciate your patience in the meantime.

October 6, 2017
Open House Scheduled for Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m

Please plan now to join us for our next community Open House event on Thursday, Oct. 19, 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.

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