CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, January 7, 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.
Weather permitting, CSX expects to re-open 7th Street, S.E., at the intersection with Virginia Avenue early in the week of Jan. 9-13. This closure allowed 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. We appreciate the community’s patience while we complete this important work.
CSX expects to re-open the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., during the week of Jan. 23-27. This closure is allowing CSX to remove the existing Phase I temporary bridge deck to complete the roof of the first new tunnel structure and complete additional utility work. No interruptions to residents’ utility services are anticipated, due to preparations that were completed during Phase I. Following completion of those tasks, a new, Phase II temporary bridge deck will be installed over the area to be excavated for the second new tunnel structure.
Once the 3rd Street intersection is reopened, the VAT team will proceed with a plan to move a utility manhole that is located in 4th Street near the temporary Capitol Quarter driveway. That work will require temporarily closing 4th Street and limiting vehicle access to the driveway. We will provide more information about the closing, anticipated detours and timing in advance.
CSX will complete this work as expeditiously as possible, and we thank you for your patience while we complete this project.
Please plan to join us for the next community Open House on Thursday, January 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 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.
We’re very excited to announce that the first new Virginia Avenue Tunnel has been completed on time, and the first double-stack train passed through the tunnel this morning at about 8 a.m. Watch the video here.
This marks an important milestone as we continue to work to safely and efficiently rebuild the Virginia Avenue Tunnel and restore the Virginia Avenue community within the expected 42-month time frame.
As you may recall, reconstructing the tunnel and providing double-stack rail clearance through the Washington, D.C., area will bring many benefits to the District and the region. It will allow us to move goods in a more environmentally friendly and efficient way, reducing truck traffic, emissions and highway congestion; it will remove a rail bottleneck that impacts freight and passenger service alike; and it will position the region and the nation for additional economic growth.
Much work remains as we move into Phase II tunnel construction and streetscape restoration, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience and flexibility while we work to complete the entire project. We remain committed to completing the project safely, efficiently, with respect for our neighbors, and making a great neighborhood even better than we found it.
Thank you again for your patience and flexibility, and best wishes for a happy holiday season from the entire VAT Project Team.
As a reminder, 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.
Upcoming work on 4th Street near the intersection with Virginia Avenue may intermittently limit access to the temporary Capital Quarter driveway during the week of December 27-30. This work may require temporarily narrowing the driveway and limiting vehicle access. Residents are urged to be cautious when entering and exiting the driveway. CSX will complete this work as expeditiously as possible, and we thank you for your patience while we complete this project.
The first community Open House of the new year will be held 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.
The Community Office will be closed on December 27th, 28th, and 29th. The project team will be accessible for questions or more information through the project’s toll-free phone number, 1 (800)-494-1049, and via email at VAT@csx.com. Community Office hours will resume on January 3rd, from 2 to 8 p.m.
CSX does not plan to conduct any construction activity from Saturday, December 24 through Monday, December 26, in recognition of the Christmas holiday. Workers may visit to ensure the security of the site through the weekend or if there is inclement weather.