VAT Updates

March 17, 2017
Daytime Closings of 4th Street Continue Next Week

The winter weather that we experienced this week delayed the repaving of 4th Street where crews recently installed a new manhole. We expect to be able to complete that work next week, which requires additional temporary daytime closings. The closings will take place only between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.
 
Temporary detours will be in place when the intersection is closed, and vehicle access to the temporary Capitol Quarter driveway to 4th Street will be restricted. Pedestrian access will be maintained. CSX apologizes for any inconvenience that this work may cause.

 

March 15, 2017
Monthly Updates and Activites

 

Due to yesterday’s snow event, the “Coffee with Chuck” scheduled for today was cancelled. The monthly update of construction photos and upcoming activities are available here on the project website. The team is making good progress on the backfill operations over the first completed tunnel and on the Phase 2 demolition of the old tunnel, as well as structural pile drilling in support of Phase 2 tunnel construction. Other activities include continued work on the street decks at 5th Street and 8th Street, and the removal of the Phase 1 street deck to restore 11th Street to its final configuration.

 

Please plan to join us for the next community open house on Thursday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E. We look forward to seeing you there.
 
For more information about the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, we encourage you to visit www.virginiaavenuetunnel.com, stop by the CSX Community Office or call CSX at (800) 494-1049.

 

March 13, 2017
Coffee with Chuck Cancelled Due to Anticipated Inclement Weather

 
Due to the anticipated snow event this week, “Coffee with Chuck” on Wednesday, March 15, has been cancelled. The monthly update of construction photos and upcoming activities will be posted to the project website on Wednesday. Please plan to join us for the next community Open House on Thursday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E. We look forward to seeing you there. 

For more information about the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, we encourage you to visit www.virginiaavenuetunnel.com, stop by the CSX Community Office or call CSX at (800) 494-1049.
 
 

March 10, 2017
Saturday Work, March 11

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, March 11, 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, pile drilling, 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.

March 10, 2017
Daytime Closings of 4th Street Continue Next Week

Additional temporary daytime closings of 4th Street between I Street and Virginia Avenue north of I-695 will be required next week, March 13-17, as crews work to connect utilities in a new manhole and repave areas of the street. When necessary, the closings will take place only between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. We expect this work to be completed next week, weather permitting.
 
Temporary detours will be in place while the intersection is closed. Vehicle access to the temporary Capitol Quarter driveway to 4th Street will be restricted during the closings. Pedestrian access will be maintained. CSX apologizes for any inconvenience that this work may cause.

 

March 10, 2017
Please Join Us for "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, March 15

Please plan to join us for our next "Coffee with Chuck" briefing on Wednesday, March 15, 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. 

March 7, 2017
Daytime Closings of 4th Street Continue This Week

Additional temporary daytime closings of 4th Street between I Street and Virginia Avenue north of I-695 will continue this week, to allow crews to finish connecting utilities in a new manhole and repave areas of the street. When necessary, the closings will take place only between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. An additional closing may be required early next week, March 13-17 as well.
 
Temporary detours will be in place while the intersection is closed. Vehicle access to the temporary Capitol Quarter driveway to 4th Street will be restricted during the closings. Pedestrian access will be maintained. CSX apologizes for any inconvenience that this work may cause.

March 7, 2017
New Community Office Hours

Effective immediately, the VAT community office hours will be modified to better accommodate the preferences demonstrated by visitors over the last 12 months. The office will be open to the public on the following schedule:

Tuesday -- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday --  8 a.m. to  12 p.m.

Thursday – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The community office will also be open for appointments upon request. Please call 1-800-494-1049 to set up an appointment with a member of the project team.

 

March 1, 2017
Saturday Work, March 4

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, March 4, 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, pile drilling, 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.

March 1, 2017
Demolition of Old Tunnel Progressing Eastward

The demolition of the old Virginia Avenue tunnel began this week in the 200 block of Virginia and will move eastward as progress allows. 
 
Work could reach the 300 block of Virginia Avenue as soon as Thursday, March 2, or Friday, March 3. Work will take place during the normal project work day, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
 
Demolition activities will be conducted from within the old tunnel and at street level. Using hoe-rams and other heavy equipment, the roof arch and the southern wall of the old tunnel will be knocked down and removed from the tunnel with bucket loaders, dump trucks and other traditional earth-moving equipment.
 
The CSX team will continue to monitor noise, vibration and air-quality throughout this process and proactive measures will be employed to minimize disruption or annoyance to the surrounding community as much as possible.

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