VAT Updates

August 5, 2015
Potential Water-service Disruptions, 300 Block of Virginia Avenue

As part of the relocation of the water supply in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue, it may be necessary to interrupt service to residential water customers in that block on two occasions, once to switch service to the relocated main and once to move individual customers’ water meters. These interruptions are likely to occur during the weeks of August 17-21 or August 24-28. Each interruption may be up to two hours in duration. Every possible effort will be made to minimize the time that water service is not available. More information will be provided as plans are finalized. We apologize for any inconveniences these outages may cause.

August 4, 2015
CSX Community Mitigation Fund Final Criteria and Phase 1 Funding Applications

The CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Community Mitigation Fund Committee has announced the final criteria it will use to evaluate funding proposals under the CSX Community Mitigation Fund. The Community Mitigation Fund is designed to offset temporary inconveniences resulting from the project and to support neighborhood enhancements. The criteria and applications are available at http://www.nscpartners.org/#!fund-criteria/c12u1. Applications for phase 1 funding are due by September 15.

The fund is being administered by Near Southeast Community Partners (NSCPartners). To learn more about NSCPartners and the Community Fund, please visit http://www.nscpartners.org/. Please email info@nscpartners.org with any questions.

August 4, 2015
Comcast Service Interruptions

Comcast has informed CSX that it now plans to complete the splicing at 4th & Virginia Avenue S.E. and 8th & Virginia Avenue S.E. on the same day, Thursday, August 6th, between 9 and 11 a.m. This is part of the utility-relocation work that has been underway along Virginia Avenue, S.E. 

Residents who use Comcast services can expect 30-45 minute service interruptions while the splicing takes place. The anticipated schedule is: 

Thurs., August 6, 9-10 a.m.: splicing at 8th Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., potentially affecting subscribers near that intersection on Virginia Avenue and in the 1000 block of 8th Street, S.E. 

Thurs., August 6, 10-11 a.m.: splicing at 4th Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., potentially affecting subscribers in and around the 300 block of Virginia Ave., S.E., and the 800 and 900 blocks of 4th Street, S.E. 

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. 

July 27, 2015
Reminder: Lane Closures on Virginia Avenue between 5th and 7th Streets

As a reminder, two lanes of eastbound Virginia Avenue between 5th and 7th Streets S.E. will be closed to traffic this week. Following this closure, two lanes will continue to be available. These closures were initially announced on June 10.

July 27, 2015
CSX to Host Public Open House on VAT Project on August 13

CSX will host the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project quarterly public open house on Thursday, August 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street S.E. Members of the CSX project team and representatives from our design and construction partner, Clark/Parsons, will be available to answer questions and to provide project updates. There will be no formal presentation. All community members are invited. http://bit.ly/1ghghxt

July 24, 2015
Virginia Ave. Closed between 8th and 9th Street

Virginia Avenue S.E. between 8th and 9th Street S.E. is now closed to all traffic and pedestrians. This closing will last for the duration of the project. Pedestrians and drivers should follow detours around the closed section of Virginia Avenue S.E.

July 23, 2015
Comcast Service Interruptions Aug. 6 & 7

Comcast is planning to perform cable splicing on Thursday, August 6th, and Friday, August 7th, as part of the utility-relocation work that has been underway along Virginia Avenue S.E.

Residents who use Comcast services can expect 30-45 minute service interruptions while the splicing is taking place. The current anticipated schedule is:

Thursday, August 6: splicing at 4th Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., potentially affecting subscribers in and around the 300 block of Virginia Ave. and the 800 and 900 blocks of 4th Street, S.E.

Friday, August 7: splicing at 8th Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., potentially affecting subscribers near that intersection on Virginia Avenue and in the 1000 block of 8th Street, S.E.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Residents should plan now for access to alternative communications services during the upcoming interruptions.

July 23, 2015
Coffee with Chuck Presentation on July 23

Thank you to everyone who attended this morning’s Coffee with Chuck. For those who weren’t able to attend, the presentation is available here: http://bit.ly/1CSKQUf

Upcoming Coffee with Chuck sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 19; Thursday, September 30; and Wednesday, October 21 . We’ll be sharing additional details in the coming weeks and months. We hope you can join us.

July 16, 2015
Coffee with Chuck, VAT Chief Project Engineer, on July 23

Chuck Gullakson, CSX assistant vice president – National Gateway, and chief project engineer for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project, will host a coffee meeting to share project updates and answer questions from community members on July 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E.  Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and at 8 a.m. Chuck and the project team will give an update on the status of the project, upcoming construction activity and other items of interest. Refreshments will be provided. 

We hope you can join us. Please RSVP by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1D0Cggm

July 15, 2015
June Environmental Monitoring Summary Reports Now Available

CSX contractors have completed summary reports on noise, vibration and air quality monitoring during June 2015. Monitoring results will be posted on a monthly basis throughout construction: http://bit.ly/1SsUU9T.

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