VAT Updates

April 7, 2017
Saturday Work, April 8

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, April 8, 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 7, 2017
Daytime Closings of 4th Street Continue Next Week

Weather permitting, CSX expects the utility construction work on 4th Street to be completed next week. Additional temporary daytime closings will be required. The closings will take place only between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Temporary detours will be in place when the intersection is closed, and vehicle access to the temporary Capitol Quarter driveway to 4th Street will be restricted. Pedestrian access will be maintained. CSX apologizes for any inconvenience that this work may cause.

April 7, 2017
7th Street Intersection to Close as soon as April 24

The intersection of 7th Street and Virginia Avenue SE will close as early as Monday, April 24, upon the reopening of 5th Street, to allow for 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 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 7, 2017
Open House Scheduled for April 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

April 7, 2017
NSCP Seeks Additional Mitigation Fund Committee Members

The application is now available for additional positions on the VAT Supplemental Community Mitigation Fund committee, administered by Near Southeast Community Partners. The committee reviews applications and awards grants from the $650,000 community fund. Applications are being accepted until April 30 through the NSCP website, nscpartners.org/fund-criteria-application-form

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.

March 31, 2017
CSX Team Completes Pile Drilling

The Clark/Parsons JV Virginia Avenue Tunnel team this week finished drilling the final street-level piling in support of excavation for the entire VAT project. Those pilings – 2,215 in all – form the framework for the walls that allow excavation for the two new tunnels. The team drilled over 24 miles of holes, and completed the effort right on schedule. The entire project remains on schedule for completion by mid-2018, within the 42-month construction period identified at the outset.   

March 31, 2017
Saturday Work, April 1

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, April 1, 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 and concrete construction activities at street level, 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.

March 31, 2017
Daytime Closings of 4th Street Continue Next Week

Weather permitting, CSX expects the utility construction work on 4th Street to be completed next week. Additional temporary daytime closings will be required. The closings will take place only between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Temporary detours will be in place when the intersection is closed, and vehicle access to the temporary Capitol Quarter driveway to 4th Street will be restricted. Pedestrian access will be maintained. CSX apologizes for any inconvenience that this work may cause.

March 31, 2017
February 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 February 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.

 

March 31, 2017
Open House Scheduled for April 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please plan now to join us for our next community Open House event on Thursday, April 20, 2017, 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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