VAT Updates

February 3, 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.

February 3, 2017
"Coffee with Chuck" Date Moved to 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., S.E. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.

February 3, 2017
Saturday Work, February 4

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, February 4, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include pile drilling, backfilling of existing excavation areas and concrete construction activities at street level. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

February 3, 2017
3rd and 4th Street Updates

CSX expects to re-open the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., during the week of February 6-10.
 
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
Saturday Work, January 28

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, January 28, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include pile drilling, backfilling of existing excavation areas and concrete construction activities at street level. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

January 27, 2017
6th Street Ramp from I-695 Narrowed

Beginning this week, the 6th Street exit ramp from I-695 was 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 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.

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