Thanks to everyone who joined us for Coffee with Chuck on Wednesday, May 17. 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, June 14, and our next Open House on Thursday, July 20.
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 April 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.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, May 13, 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.
CSX has received reports from some nearby residents that they are experiencing elevated levels of vibration in their homes. While there are no indications that these vibrations present a safety risk to these residents or to anyone in the community, we take these reports very seriously and want to update you about what we are doing in response.
From the outset of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, we have closely monitored construction vibration levels. Our monitoring system provides real-time alerts to construction managers, notifying them of any instances in which the federally-approved vibration parameters have been exceeded.
Upon receiving the reports from neighbors, we immediately began investigating whether train operations are causing vibration impacts. Our investigation is ongoing, and we will share information as it becomes available. In conducting our investigation, we will continue to work closely with the Federal Highway Administration and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation to address residents’ concerns.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We remain committed to ensuring the safety of residents and workers, limiting any impact to neighbors, and leaving a great neighborhood even better than we found it.
Please plan to join us for our next "Coffee with Chuck" briefing on Wednesday, May 17, 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.
As a reminder, CSX soon will begin demolition of the old Virginia Avenue Tunnel in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue S.E. Due to the reinforcing from the 1980s tunnel repair in that block, 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.
Plan now to attend the season’s first FRESHFARM Capitol Riverfront Farmers Market on Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the southern block of Canal Park, featuring locally sourced fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, beer, coffee and much more. FRESHFARM is a non-profit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access and equity in the Mid-Atlantic Region by operating producer-only farmers markets that provide vital economic opportunities to local farmers and food producers. More information is available here: http://www.capitolriverfront.org/do/freshfarm-capitol-riverfront-farmers....
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, May 6, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., primarily at track level. There will be limited activity at street level this week. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive.
The intersection of 7th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. was closed on Wednesday, May 3, following the reopening of 5th Street. CSX expects the intersection to be closed for at least 4 weeks.
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. A map showing detour routes around the closed intersection is available here on the project website.
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.