VAT Updates

February 16, 2018
Saturday Work, Feb. 17th and Monday, President’s Day Work, Feb. 19th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Feb. 17th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition, removal of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect any of this to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive. CSX will work regular construction hours on President’s Day, Monday, February 19th.

February 16, 2018
3rd Street Reopening to Two-Way Traffic, week of Feb. 19th

Work continues to progress on schedule on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue. New paving, granite curbing, sidewalks, drainage and underground work for streetlights are well underway. Driveway access for the Capitol Quarter townhomes has been switched from the temporary driveway to the new driveway from Virginia Avenue SE.

As soon as the week of February 19th, 3rd Street will reopen both lanes to two-way traffic. CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout this process. This work is dependent on favorable weather conditions and CSX will provide updates as the work progresses.

February 16, 2018
5th Street Intersection To Close, as soon as March 5th

As soon as March 5th, CSX expects to temporarily close the 5th/6th Street SE intersection with Virginia Avenue for approximately 3-4 months. The closure will allow removal of the existing temporary bridge deck, completion of the roof of a portion of the second new Virginia Avenue Tunnel and installation of the final street restoration.

The 6th Street off-ramp from I-695 will remain open while this work is occurring.

Traffic will be severely limited on 5th Street, north of K Street while the 5th/6th Street intersection is closed. All through-traffic wishing to reach destinations north of Virginia Avenue will be detoured to 7th Street. 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. There will be additional parking restrictions on 5th Street while this work is occurring.

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 SE (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. 

Illustrations of the roadway configurations during the closing can be found here on the project website. Signs, barrels, barriers and other traffic control measures will be deployed to guide drivers through the area. 

CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection and others affected by the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project. CSX appreciates the community’s patience while we complete this important work. 

February 16, 2018
January 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 January 2018 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.

February 9, 2018
3rd Street and 300-block restoration work continues. 3rd Street reopening to Two-Way Traffic, week of Feb. 19th

Work continues to progress on schedule on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue. New paving, granite curbing, sidewalks, drainage and underground work for streetlights are well underway. Driveway access for the Capitol Quarter townhomes has been switched from the temporary driveway to the new driveway from Virginia Avenue SE.

As soon as the week of February 19th, 3rd Street will reopen both lanes to two-way traffic. CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout this process. This work is dependent on favorable weather conditions and CSX will provide updates as the work progresses.

CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we work expeditiously toward completing the project and the streetscape enhancements.

 

February 9, 2018
Saturday Work, Feb. 10th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Feb. 10th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition, removal of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect any of this to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive.

 

February 2, 2018
Saturday Work, Feb. 3rd

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Feb. 3rd, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition, removal of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect any of this to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive.

February 2, 2018
3rd Street Driveway Access Change, week of Feb. 5th

Work continues to progress on schedule on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue. Placement of new granite curbing and sidewalks, drainage work and underground preparations for streetlights are well underway.

During the week of Feb. 5th, driveway access for the Capitol Quarter townhomes will be switched from the temporary driveway on 3rd Street to the new permanent driveway from Virginia Avenue SE. Flaggers will be present to assist drivers in the area. CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout this process. This work is dependent on favorable weather conditions and CSX will provide more information as the work progresses.

CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we work expeditiously toward completing the project and the streetscape enhancements. 

January 26, 2018
Saturday Work, Jan. 27th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Jan. 27th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include backfilling of existing excavation areas, demolition, removal of bracing, and concrete construction activities. CSX does not expect any of this to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors. Small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment, but activity will be very limited and is not expected to be disruptive.

January 26, 2018
3rd Street Restoration Progress Continues

Work continues to progress on schedule on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue. Placement of new granite curbing and sidewalks, drainage work and underground preparations for streetlights are well underway.
 
As part of the final restoration, there will be increased construction activity along 3rd Street south of the Virginia Avenue/3rd Street intersection. In addition to the utility work that has been in-progress, demolition of portions of 3rd Street will be getting underway followed by reconstruction of new pavement, drainage, and other streetscape features. Access from the south to the 3rd Street Capitol Quarter townhome driveway will remain open during this process, though the driveway entrance will be narrowed and there will be considerable construction activity with workers and equipment. Flaggers will be present to assist drivers in the area. CSX urges all drivers to use caution through this intersection. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout this process.
 
CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we work expeditiously toward completing the project and the streetscape enhancements.

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