VAT Updates

December 2, 2016
Saturday Work, Dec. 3

CSX expects to conduct work on Saturday, Dec. 3, 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, as well as track-related activities in the new tunnel. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.


December 2, 2016
3rd St. to be Closed Mon., Dec. 5

On Monday, Dec. 5, CSX expects to close the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue, S.E., following the expected re-opening of 4th Street on Friday, Dec. 2. The closure will allow CSX to remove the existing Phase I temporary bridge deck so the roof of the first new tunnel structure and additional utility work can be completed. No interruptions to residents’ utility services are anticipated, due to preparations that were completed during Phase I. Once the tunnel roof and utility work are completed, a new, Phase II temporary bridge deck will be installed over the area to be excavated for the second new tunnel structure.
The 3rd Street intersection is expected to be closed to vehicle traffic for up to 8 weeks. Pedestrian access will be maintained across the intersection throughout this process. Access from the south to the 3rd Street Capitol Quarter townhome driveway will remain open during this process, as will access to the parking deck and loading dock for 200 I Street, S.E. The 3rd Street intersection will be closed only after the 4th Street intersection, currently closed, is re-opened to traffic.
More information about the 3rd Street closing is available here on the project website. An overview of the entire process for replacing the temporary bridge decks at 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th Streets, and work at 11th Street, is available here.
Thank you in advance for your continued patience while we work to complete this important project.


December 2, 2016
New Video Highlights Mobile Concrete Form

The entire Virginia Avenue Tunnel team is focused on completing this project as safely, quickly and efficiently as possible. One of the creative ways that the Clark/Parson JV construction team has developed to do that is a system of movable concrete forms that have been deployed to use in constructing the vertical sidewalls of the tunnel. The traveling form system has saved countless hours of time that would otherwise have been required to hand-construct traditional forms for that task.
We’ve produced a video on the traveling forms called “Innovating for Speed, Efficiency and Safety” to help explain it, and encourage you to learn more about this effort to minimize the impact of this project on our neighbors.

December 2, 2016
Coffee with Chuck, Dec. 14

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.

November 23, 2016
4th St./3rd St. Transitions Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the re-opening of the intersection of 4th Street and Virginia Avenue has been postponed until next week, Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. The intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue will remain open until after the 4th Street intersection is returned to service. Additional schedule information will be provided when it becomes available. 

November 23, 2016
Last Vertical Wall Section Poured on First New Tunnel

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, Clark/Parsons JV construction crews poured the concrete to form the final vertical wall section of the first new Virginia Avenue Tunnel. A photo of the work in progress is available here. This is an important milestone in the development of the project, and it clears the way for the remaining roof sections to be placed in preparation for completing the first tunnel structure. CSX expects the first tunnel to be complete in 2016, and the entire project to be finished within the 30-to-42-month timeline identified at the start of construction. 

November 18, 2016
October Environmental Monitoring Reports Available

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 October 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.

November 18, 2016
“Coffee with Chuck” Presentation Now Available

Thanks to all who joined us Wednesday, Nov. 16, for the monthly "Coffee with Chuck" briefing with Chuck Gullakson, CSX’s senior project engineer; Brandon Knapp, CSX project manager; and Arash Parham, Clark/Parsons construction manager. The slides from Wednesday’s briefing are available here on the project website.
Please plan now to join us for our the final 2016 "Coffee with Chuck" event on Wed., Dec. 14th, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Ave., S.E. The next community Open House event will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, from 6 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.


November 18, 2016
Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule, Nov. 24-27

No work will occur on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, and the CSX Community Office will be closed from Thursday until Monday, Nov. 28. Limited work will occur in some areas of the project on Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26, primarily in the new tunnel and at the east end of the project site. CSX does not expect this work to be disruptive to the community.


November 18, 2016
Saturday Work, Nov. 19

CSX expects to conduct work on Saturday, November 19, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Work on Saturday may include excavation, bracing installation, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.