No construction activity will occur on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project over the Memorial Day weekend, May 27-May 29. Some workers may be present to monitor site conditions during the three-day weekend, but no construction activity is planned at this time.
As you may recall, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D undertook extensive efforts to refine proposals for the restoration of Virginia Avenue following completion of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, with much support from CSX. Those plans were approved by the DC Public Space Committee in 2015. CSX recently produced new exhibits of the plans for display at public meetings and in the community office, and copies of those exhibits are available here on the project website.
The restored Virginia Avenue streetscape will feature more than 350 trees, additional greenspaces, improved lighting, upgraded finishes and a bike path that is separated from the street and the pedestrian sidewalk along the length of Virginia Avenue between 2nd Street and 11th Street.
CSX remains on schedule for completing the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project in 2018, and street restoration will begin early next year as the project nears completion.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, May 20, 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, excavation and installation of bracing, concrete construction activities, and excavation activities east of 11th Street. CSX does not expect the work to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact this work may have on neighbors.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Coffee with Chuck on Wednesday, May 17. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted to the project website. Please plan now to attend our next events, including Coffee with Chuck on Wednesday, June 14, and our next Open House on Thursday, July 20.
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 April 2017 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.
CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, May 13, 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.
CSX has received reports from some nearby residents that they are experiencing elevated levels of vibration in their homes. While there are no indications that these vibrations present a safety risk to these residents or to anyone in the community, we take these reports very seriously and want to update you about what we are doing in response.
From the outset of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, we have closely monitored construction vibration levels. Our monitoring system provides real-time alerts to construction managers, notifying them of any instances in which the federally-approved vibration parameters have been exceeded.
Upon receiving the reports from neighbors, we immediately began investigating whether train operations are causing vibration impacts. Our investigation is ongoing, and we will share information as it becomes available. In conducting our investigation, we will continue to work closely with the Federal Highway Administration and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation to address residents’ concerns.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We remain committed to ensuring the safety of residents and workers, limiting any impact to neighbors, and leaving a great neighborhood even better than we found it.
Please plan to join us for our next "Coffee with Chuck" briefing on Wednesday, May 17, 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.
As a reminder, CSX soon will begin demolition of the old Virginia Avenue Tunnel in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue S.E. Due to the reinforcing from the 1980s tunnel repair in that block, this demolition may produce higher than normal levels of noise. CSX will continue to monitor these activities through our environmental monitoring program and will minimize noise levels whenever possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Plan now to attend the season’s first FRESHFARM Capitol Riverfront Farmers Market on Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the southern block of Canal Park, featuring locally sourced fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, beer, coffee and much more. FRESHFARM is a non-profit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access and equity in the Mid-Atlantic Region by operating producer-only farmers markets that provide vital economic opportunities to local farmers and food producers. More information is available here: http://www.capitolriverfront.org/do/freshfarm-capitol-riverfront-farmers....