DC Water has informed CSX that water service to customers in the vicinity of Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E., may be disrupted in the overnight hours from Monday, October 19, to Tuesday, October 20, while water service is being transitioned to a new water main. This is a change from information provided previously by DC Water. Previous disruptions in the area have lasted approximately three hours and occurred between midnight and 6 a.m. Every effort will be made to minimize the time that water service is not available. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Customers who will be affected by the outage should also expect to receive advance notices directly from DC Water. We apologize for any inconveniences these outages may cause.
The previously announced water-service disruption for the 200 and 300 blocks of Virginia Avenue S.E. has been postponed, pending coordination with other utility work. CSX expects this work to be completed in October but accurate scheduling information is not available at this time. We will provide additional information as soon as it is available. Customers who will be affected by the disruption should also expect to receive advance notices directly from DC Water.
CSX expects to close Virginia Avenue between 3rd and 4th Street S.E. late next week, potentially as soon as Wednesday, Oct. 14. The closing will occur following completion of temporary sidewalks and driveways to 3rd and 4th Streets, which will ensure access for residents throughout the project. As a reminder, Virginia Avenue S.E. between 3rd Street and 4th Street will be closed completely to traffic and parking for the duration of the reconstruction project. This is necessary for construction of the new tunnel. Stockade fencing will be installed on the south side of the construction area.
Drivers in the area should expect to follow detours around the closed section of Virginia Avenue. The recommended alternative route for eastbound travelers coming from the north is G Street S.E., and the recommended alternative for eastbound travelers coming from the south is L Street S.E. Access across Virginia Avenue on 3rd and 4th Streets will be maintained, except for some temporary closures for installation of bridge decks over the construction area.
Beginning the week of October 19, CSX expects to install a temporary driveway to connect 5th Street, S.E., with the access alley behind the Arthur Capper Senior Center. This connection is illustrated on slide 8 of the exhibits from the September 30th Coffee with Chuck. This temporary connection will enable vehicles to continue to access the alleyway behind the Capper Center while tunnel construction occurs on Virginia Avenue between 5th Street and 7th Street, and will ensure that emergency services vehicles can respond to any situation that may occur at the senior center.
Washington Gas is expected to work on the gas pipeline in the vicinity of 8th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. Crews may be working around the clock during this period. We do not expect this work will be disruptive to neighbors.
Work on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project will occur on a normal schedule on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12. The Community Office will be open from 7 a.m. to noon.
Last week CSX announced the availability of The Neighborhood Guide, a location-enabled app that lists restaurants, shops, services, parking lots and more in the vicinity of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel. CSX developed The Neighborhood Guide in collaboration with Barracks Row and the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District to encourage project team members and construction personnel to support area businesses during the project. The guide is also available to the public. Please take advantage of this guide to local businesses.
The DC Preservation League has announced the availability of Preservation Initiative (PI) grants for preservation planning, research, outreach/education, and bricks and mortar projects related to historic and cultural sites within the geographic area surrounding the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project. These grants are intended to help stimulate public discussion, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, make technical expertise accessible, and encourage partnerships.
Administered by DCPL, in consultation with the DC State Historic Preservation Office (DC SHPO), funds for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Grant Project were provided by CSX and through the DC Historic Preservation Office as mitigation for effects associated with reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel.
Grant applications are due December 4, 2015. More information is available on the DC Preservation League’s website.
Minutes, notes and handouts from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D Virginia Avenue Streetscape Review meeting on September 28 are now available here.
Detailed street-by-street Virginia Avenue streetscape and landscape plans are now available for review here.
The D.C. Public Space Committee will host a public meeting on these proposed plans on November 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington D.C. Additional details about the meeting will be forthcoming.
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/1Rg1b7L
Upcoming Coffee with Chuck sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 21, Wednesday, November 18, and Wednesday, December 16. We’ll be sharing additional details in the coming weeks and months. We hope you can join us.