VAT Updates

February 22, 2017
"Coffee with Chuck" Presentation Now Available

Thanks to all who joined us on Wednesday, February 22, for the monthly "Coffee with Chuck" briefing with Chuck Gullakson, CSX’s senior project engineer, and Arash Parham, Clark/Parsons' construction manager. The slides from Wednesday’s briefing are available here on the project website

February 22, 2017
January 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 January 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.

February 17, 2017
Normal Work Schedule on Monday, Feb. 20

CSX plans to conduct work on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project on a normal schedule on Monday, February 20. Construction activity will occur  throughout the project area between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

February 17, 2017
Please Join Us for "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, February 22

Please plan to join us for our next "Coffee with Chuck" briefing on Wednesday, Feb. 22, where the VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. The event is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration and refreshments begin at 7:30 a.m.) at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us. CSX will implement all normal monitoring programs to ensure that activities stay within the established limits for noise, vibration and air quality.

February 14, 2017
Saturday Work, February 18

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, February 18, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include pile drilling, backfilling of existing excavation areas and concrete construction activities at street level. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

February 14, 2017
Please Join Us for "Coffee with Chuck" on Wed., Feb. 22

Please plan to join us for our next "Coffee with Chuck" briefing on Wednesday, Feb. 22, where the VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. The event is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration and refreshments begin at 7:30 a.m.) at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.

February 14, 2017
Daytime Closings of 4th Street This Week

Beginning as soon as Monday, Feb. 20, CSX expects to conduct daily closings of 4th Street S.E. between I Street and Virginia Avenue, to allow crews to move a manhole and repave areas of the street. The closings will take place only between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Update February 27: Closings will continue during the week of Feb. 27-Mar. 3.

Temporary detours will be in place while the intersection is closed. Vehicle access to the temporary Capitol Quarter driveway to 4th Street will be restricted during the closings. Pedestrian access will be maintained. CSX apologizes for any inconvenience that this work may cause.

February 14, 2017
Lanes to Shift on 8th Street

As soon as Friday, Feb. 17, traffic will be shifted to new lanes on 8th Street S.E., through the intersection with Virginia Avenue, following installation of the Phase II temporary bridge deck over the area to be excavated for the second new Virginia Avenue tunnel.  Drivers are urged to be cautious while traveling through the area.

February 14, 2017
6th St. Ramp to be Restored to Two Lanes

As soon as Monday, Feb. 20, CSX expects to restore two lanes of traffic on the 6th St. ramp from I-695. The expansion follows completion of new storm drains and other preparations necessary to re-connect the ramp with the new temporary bridge deck that will be installed across the area to be excavated at 5th/6th Street and Virginia Avenue for the second new tunnel.

February 10, 2017
Saturday Work, February 11

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, February 11, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include pile drilling, backfilling of existing excavation areas and concrete construction activities at street level. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

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