VAT Updates

January 27, 2017
3rd Street & 4th Street Updates

CSX expects to re-open the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., during the week of January 30-February 3.

Once the 3rd Street intersection is reopened, the VAT team will proceed with a plan to move a utility manhole that is located at 4th Street near the temporary Capitol Quarter driveway. That work will require daytime closures of 4th Street and limiting vehicle access to the driveway.

CSX will complete this work as expeditiously as possible, and we thank you for your patience while we complete this project.

January 27, 2017
5th/6th Street Intersection to Close February 6

CSX expects to close the intersection of 5th/6th Street, S.E. at Virginia Avenue as soon as Monday, February 6, 2017, following the re-opening of 3rd Street. The 5th/6th Street intersection will be closed for up to 7 weeks while the existing temporary bridge deck over the excavation for the first new tunnel is removed and the temporary bridge deck for Phase II of the tunnel project is installed.

More details about this lane change and closing of the intersection is available here on the project website.

This closure will be similar to the closure that occurred during Phase I of tunnel construction. Traffic will be limited on 5th Street north of K Street while that intersection is closed. All through-traffic wishing to reach destinations north of Virginia Avenue will be detoured to 7th Street or other north-south connections. Only vehicles wishing to access residences in the 900 block of 5th Street, including the Capper Center, should enter the block. All other vehicles should follow detour signs to L Street and 7th Street for travel north of Virginia Avenue.

While the intersection is closed, detour signs will be placed south of Virginia Avenue on K Street, L Street, 5th Street, 7th Street, and on the westbound lanes of Virginia Avenue S.E. (north of I-695), to direct drivers around the closure. A pathway for pedestrians will remain open across the intersection throughout the period that the street is closed.

We will provide additional updates when the intersection is closed or if the schedule changes. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important project.

January 27, 2017
"Coffee with Chuck" Date now February 22

Please plan to join us for our next "Coffee with Chuck" briefing, now 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., SE. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.

January 27, 2017
11th Street Lane Shifts

The Virginia Avenue Tunnel team continues to make good progress in removing the temporary bridge deck on 11th Street, S.E. between M Street and the I-695 overpass. In the next few weeks the team will shift the lanes of traffic on 11th Street to accommodate the next evolution of construction there.

Drivers should continue to be cautious when traveling through that area and follow signs and traffic-control devices installed to guide the flow of traffic. Pedestrians will be directed to use sidewalks on the west side of 11th Street only to ensure safe passage through the construction area.

January 23, 2017
Water-main Connection Completed without Overnight Work or Service Interruption

DC Water recently was able to complete the connection of a new 8-inch water main on 3rd Street S.E. near the intersection with Virginia Avenue during daylight hours, without interruption of service to any customers. DC Water had previously indicated the work would be done overnight, but no overnight work will now be required.

January 23, 2017
December 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 December 2016 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.

January 23, 2017
6th Street Ramp from I-695 to be Narrowed

Beginning this week, the 6th Street exit ramp from I-695 will be narrowed from two lanes to one. This is necessary to allow the installation of new storm drains and perform other necessary tasks to prepare for the transition to the modified 6th Street Ramp that will be constructed as part of Phase II of the tunnel project. The ramp will remain one lane throughout the duration of the work in the 5th/6th Street intersection.

January 23, 2017
5th/6th Street Intersection to Close Feb. 6

CSX expects to close the intersection of 5th/6th Street, S.E. at Virginia Avenue as soon as Monday, February 6, 2017, following the re-opening of 3rd Street. The 5th/6th Street intersection will be closed for up to 7 weeks while the existing temporary bridge deck over the excavation for the first new tunnel is removed and the temporary bridge deck for Phase II of the tunnel project is installed.

More details about this lane change and closing of the intersection are available here on the project website.

This closure will be similar to the closure that occurred during Phase I of tunnel construction. Traffic will be limited on 5th Street north of K Street while that intersection is closed. All through-traffic wishing to reach destinations north of Virginia Avenue will be detoured to 7th Street or other north-south connections. Only vehicles wishing to access residences in the 900 block of 5th Street, including the Capper Center, should enter the block. All other vehicles should follow detour signs to L Street and 7th Street for travel north of Virginia Avenue.

While the intersection is closed, detour signs will be placed south of Virginia Avenue on K Street, L Street, 5th Street, 7th Street, and on the westbound lanes of Virginia Avenue SE (north of I-695), to direct drivers around the closure. A pathway for pedestrians will remain open across the intersection throughout the period that the street is closed.
 
We will provide additional updates when the intersection is closed or if the schedule changes. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important project.

 

 

January 18, 2017
5th/6th Street Intersection to Close Feb. 6

CSX expects to close the intersection of 5th/6th Street, S.E. at Virginia Avenue as soon as Monday, February 6, 2017, following the re-opening of 3rd Street. The 5th/6th Street intersection will be closed for up to 7 weeks while the existing temporary bridge deck over the excavation for the first new tunnel is removed and the temporary bridge deck for Phase II of the tunnel project is installed.

Traffic will be severely limited on 5th Street north of K Street while that intersection is closed. All through-traffic wishing to reach destinations north of Virginia Avenue will be detoured to 7th Street or other north-south connections. Only vehicles wishing to access residences in the 900 block of 5th Street, including the Capper Center, should enter the block. All other vehicles should follow detour signs to L Street and 7th Street for travel north of Virginia Avenue.

While the intersection is closed, detour signs will be placed south of Virginia Avenue on K Street, L Street, 5th Street, 7th Street, and on the westbound lanes of Virginia Avenue SE (north of I-695), to direct drivers around the closure. A pathway for pedestrians will remain open across the intersection throughout the period that the street is closed.

More details about this lane change and closing of the intersection is available here on the project website.

We will provide additional updates when the intersection is closed or if the schedule changes. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important project.

January 18, 2017
6th Street Ramp from I-695 to be Narrowed Jan. 23

Beginning as soon as Monday, January 23, the 6th Street exit ramp from I-695 will be narrowed from two lanes to one. This is necessary to allow the installation of new storm drains on the ramp that ultimately will be connected to new drains installed on 6th Street. The ramp will remain one lane throughout the duration of the work in the 5th/6th Street intersection.

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