VAT Updates

January 4, 2018
3rd Street Capitol Quarter Permanent Driveway Activity

Work continues to progress on schedule on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue. Activities to prepare for the permanent new entrance to the Capitol Quarter driveway from Virginia Avenue will continue to occur, including the installation of temporary chain link fencing, removal of portions of the stockade fence, paving, removal of sound blankets, and installation of new granite curbing and sidewalks at the driveway entrance. Parking along 3rd Street will be temporarily limited as crews work to install permanent paving and sidewalk features. As soon as the week of Jan. 15th, access to the Capitol Quarter driveway will be switched to the new, permanent driveway from Virginia Avenue. Additional schedule information will be distributed when it is available and this schedule is contingent on favorable weather conditions.

 

January 4, 2018
Final Phase of Community Mitigation Fund Awards, Feb. 1st-Mar. 15th

Near Southeast Community Partners and the volunteer board that makes award decisions will implement the final phase of awards from the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Community Mitigation Fund beginning February 1–March 15, 2018. Since 2015, grants have been awarded to nearly 30 deserving community organizations through the first five phases of the process, benefiting neighbors through enhancements to schools, parks and other community assets. Information about the application process and criteria for funding is available at the link above, and it’s not too early to consider potential uses for the final phase of funding. This short video provides more information about the purpose of the fund and some of the projects that have already received awards.

 

December 21, 2017
Holiday Work Schedule

In recognition of the Christmas holiday, the Virginia Avenue Tunnel team will suspend work on the project at the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 22nd, and resume on Tuesday, Dec. 26th. In recognition of the New Year’s holiday, the Virginia Avenue Tunnel team will suspend work on the project at the end of the day on Saturday, Dec. 30th, and resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2nd. Small groups of workers will still be present on the site throughout the weekends to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive. The Community Office will close at 2 p.m. Thursday Dec. 21st (the end of regularly scheduled office hours) and re-open according to the normal schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, at 2 p.m.

 

December 21, 2017
3rd Street Capitol Quarter Permanent Driveway Activity

Work continues to progress on schedule on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue. As soon as the week of January 1st, activities will occur to prepare the permanent new entrance to the Capitol Quarter driveway from Virginia Avenue. Activities will include the installation of a temporary chain link fence, removal of portions of the stockade fence, paving, removal of sound blankets, and installation of new granite curbing and sidewalks at the driveway entrance. These activities are all part of the final streetscape restoration. This schedule is contingent on favorable weather conditions. Additional schedule information will be distributed when it is available.

CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we work expeditiously toward completing the project and the streetscape enhancements. For more information about the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, we encourage you to visit www.virginiaavenuetunnel.com, stop by the CSX Community Office or call CSX at (800) 494-1049.
 

December 14, 2017
Utility Work along 3rd Street and at Capitol Quarter Driveway, Week of Dec. 18th

As part of the final restoration of Virginia Avenue, utility work will continue to occur on 3rd Street and at the Capitol Quarter 3rd Street driveway entrance during the week of December 18th. Access to the driveway will remain open during this process, though the driveway may be narrowed at times and there will be considerable construction activity with workers and equipment. Flaggers will be present to assist drivers in the area. No interruptions to residents’ utility services are anticipated, due to preparations that were completed during Phase I. CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection and others affected by the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project.
 
Pedestrian access will be maintained across the intersection throughout this process.

December 14, 2017
3rd Street Restoration 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 are all well underway. Drivers are urged to be cautious as they navigate the new lane configurations on 3rd Street. As a clarification of the November Coffee with Chuck slides, CSX will not close 4th Street traffic until 3rd Street has been restored to 2-way, north-and-south bound traffic. Once traffic has reopened, there will still be some activities in the area to complete the brick sidewalks, granite curbs, plantings, and final streetscape installation. Additional schedule information will be distributed when it is available.

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

December 14, 2017
November 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 November 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.

December 14, 2017
Saturday Work, Dec. 16th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Dec. 16th, 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 any of this work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive.

December 8, 2017
Saturday Work, Dec. 9th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Dec. 9th, 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 any of this work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive.

December 8, 2017
3rd Street Utility Work at Capitol Quarter Driveway During the Week of Dec. 11th

As part of the final restoration of Virginia Avenue, utility work will occur at 3rd Street and at the Capitol Quarter 3rd Street driveway entrance during the week of December 11th. Access to the driveway will remain open during this process, though the driveway may be narrowed at times and there will be considerable construction activity with workers and equipment. Flaggers will be present to assist drivers in the area. No interruptions to residents’ utility services are anticipated, due to preparations that were completed during Phase I. CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection and others affected by the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project.

Pedestrian access will be maintained across the intersection throughout this process.

This is necessary for the final restoration of Virginia Avenue as our work continues to progress on schedule for completing the open-space restorations. CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we move expeditiously toward completing the project and the streetscape enhancements.
 

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