VAT Updates

November 22, 2017
No Holiday Weekend Work Scheduled

In recognition of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the Virginia Avenue Tunnel team will suspend work on the project at the end of the day on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, and resume on Monday, Nov. 27th. Small groups of workers will still 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. The Community Office will close at noon Wednesday (the end of regularly scheduled office hours) and re-open according to the normal schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 28th, at 2 p.m.

November 22, 2017
3rd Street Traffic Shifted to Restored Lane

Late last week northbound traffic on 3rd Street was redirected onto the newly re-paved western portion of the street across Virginia Avenue. This is the first street section over the new tunnel that has been paved since construction began in May 2015, and a positive sign of the progress the entire construction team is making toward finishing the project. While much work remains, curb, gutter and sidewalk installation continues at the intersection and work has shifted to remove the remaining portion of the temporary bridge deck that has been carrying vehicle traffic.

Restoration work will begin next at the 5th/6th Street intersection, in late December or early January, followed by 4th Street in the early spring of 2018.

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

November 17, 2017
3rd Street Lane Shifts Anticipated as Progress Continues

Work continues to progress 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 is well underway on the west side of 3rd Street. Due to weather delays, CSX now expects the west half of the intersection will receive new pavement within the next week. Shortly thereafter, traffic will be directed off of the temporary street deck/bridge and onto the new paving in a temporary configuration to allow removal of the remaining portion of the street deck/bridge. Street restoration will then continue on the east half of the 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue intersection. Drivers are urged to be cautious as they navigate the new lane configurations on 3rd Street.

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

November 17, 2017
“Coffee with Chuck” Presentation Now Available

Thanks to everyone who joined us for “Coffee with Chuck” on Wednesday morning, Nov. 15. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted to the project website. Please plan now to attend our next "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, January 24.

November 17, 2017
Weekend Work, Nov. 18th-19th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19, 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, demolition, removal of bracing, and concrete construction activities. On Sunday, a small crew may visit areas of the site to monitor the status of recently poured concrete. CSX does not expect any of this work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.

November 9, 2017
Saturday Work, Nov. 11th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Nov. 11th, 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, demolition, excavation and installation of bracing, 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.

November 9, 2017
3rd Street Lane Shifts Anticipated as 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 is well underway on the west side of 3rd Street. Weather permitting, CSX expects the west half of the intersection will receive new pavement within the next week. Shortly thereafter, traffic will be directed off of the temporary street deck/bridge and onto the new paving in a temporary configuration to allow removal of the remaining portion of the street deck/bridge. Street restoration will then continue on the east half of the 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue intersection. Drivers are urged to be cautious as they navigate the new lane configurations on 3rd Street.

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

November 9, 2017
Please Plan to Join Us for the Nov. 15th “Coffee with Chuck”

The last 2017 “Coffee with Chuck” morning briefing will be held Wednesday, November 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the CSX Community Office, 861 New Jersey Avenue SE. Registration and refreshments will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. The VAT engineering team will provide an update on the status of construction and upcoming construction activities. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us.

November 1, 2017
Saturday Work, Nov. 4th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, Nov. 4th, 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, demolition, excavation and installation of bracing, 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.

November 1, 2017
Anticipated Open Space Restoration Schedule Featured at Open House

At the community open house two weeks ago, CSX provided information about the anticipated schedule for restoring and reopening the open spaces along Virginia Avenue that have been disturbed during the project. Among the highlights, and barring any unforeseen circumstances or severe weather impacts, CSX expects to restore and reopen the green spaces in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue in the spring, the open space in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue and the connection to Garfield Park at 2nd Street in the early summer, and Virginia Avenue Park in late summer of 2018. More specific information about timing will be shared as it becomes available. The restoration plans are available for review on the project website. All of the exhibits from the Oct. 19 open house are available here on the project website.

The project remains on schedule to be completed within the originally announced 42-month timeframe, and CSX remains committed to completing the project as efficiently as possible.

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