CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, December 17, 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 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.
CSX expects to temporarily close 7th Street, S.E. at the intersection with Virginia Avenue on Tuesday, December 27. The closure is expected to last for up to 2 weeks. This will allow installation of additional support-of-excavation pilings and other preparations for the transition to the Phase II temporary bridge deck across the area to be excavated for the second new tunnel.
This work is being done now to take advantage of reduced traffic during the year-end holidays, which will limit the impact on area drivers.
While the intersection is closed, 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 while the intersection is closed. An illustration is available here of the detour that will be in place while 7th Street is closed.
CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection and others affected by the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project. We appreciate the community’s patience while we complete this important work.
Please plan now to join us for our next community Open House event on Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (new hours!) at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 150 L Street, S.E. A brief presentation and Q&A session with residents will be held at 7 p.m., in response to requests from neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there.
Thanks to all who joined us on Wednesday, December 14, for the monthly "Coffee with Chuck" briefing with Chuck Gullakson, CSX’s senior project engineer, and Arash Parham, Clark/Parsons' construction manager. The slides from Wednesday’s briefing are available here on the project website.
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 November 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.
Now that the first new tunnel is nearing completion, more railroad-related activities are taking place at track level as preparations for the start of train operations begin. Work includes steps to prepare the railroad road bed, install crossties, place and weld steel rails, and distribute and condition ballast rock. Most of this work is occurring within the enclosed new tunnel, under I-695 at the west end of the tunnel or near the eastern portal. Some of these activities need to be coordinated with railroad operations, and many are occurring at night and on weekends while the number of construction workers on site is limited. CSX does not expect this work to be disruptive and efforts are being taken to limit the impact the work may have on neighbors. We continue to work as quickly and efficiently as safety allows to ensure the project is completed within the expected 42-month timeframe.
Please plan now to join us for our final 2016 "Coffee with Chuck" briefing on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 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.
Beginning as soon as Monday, Dec. 19, traffic lanes may be shifted on 8th Street through the intersection with Virginia Avenue to allow the drilling of pilings and other activities in preparation for the installation of the Phase II temporary bridge deck. North and southbound traffic will be maintained through the intersection during this process, and drivers should be prepared to follow new traffic striping, barrels and signs. The sidewalk on the west side of 8th Street will be temporarily eliminated for up to 4 weeks while the next street configuration is being constructed. CSX apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Dec. 10, 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 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.
CSX is pleased to announce that it expects to re-open the intersection of 4th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Following removal of the Phase I temporary bridge deck over the Virginia Avenue excavation area and installation of the Phase II deck, completing this work will restore southbound traffic through the neighborhood on 4th Street. Thank you for your patience while we have completed this important work.