VAT Updates

September 28, 2018
August Environmental Monitoring Reports Now 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 August 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.

September 21, 2018
Saturday Work, September 22nd

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 22nd, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. There may be disruptions in work due to inclement weather and small groups of workers may be present and on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment. CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential impact this work may have on neighbors.

September 21, 2018
Coming Together for Capper Seniors

Our hearts and prayers remain with the residents of the Capper Senior Center and their families. CSX appreciates all the efforts from emergency responders, Marines, neighbors, community businesses, and the project team who responded. It has been amazing to see all of the efforts to help these residents who are now without their homes and personal belongings. We applaud all the groups that have already stepped up to offer assistance and continue to encourage support for various groups that are accepting donations. Here is a quick list of some groups we are aware of:

  • Near Southeast Community Partners
  • The Capitol Hill Community Foundation (partnered with the Van Ness Elementary School PTO)
  • Subway Restaurant on 2nd St. and the M Street SE location.
  • Modern Mexican restaurant Agua 301, located at 301 Water Street, SE, will host their regular Give Back Sundays on both September 23rd and September 30th, donating 10% of sales to Arthur Capper Senior Center residents. 
  • Local urban winery District Winery will donate 10% of all wine-to-go sales Friday, September 20th to Sunday, September 23rd. 
  • Willow boutique at 1331 4th Street, SE will also donate 10% of sales today through the weekend to these relief efforts. 
  • On Wednesday, September 26th, The Salt Line will donate 5% of sales, which MRP Realty will match.
September 14, 2018
Saturday Work, September 15th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 15th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. There may be disruptions in work due to inclement weather and small groups of workers may be present on the site throughout the weekend to monitor the status of pumps and other essential equipment. CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential impact this work may have on neighbors.

September 14, 2018
Upcoming I-695 Ramp Closure

Due to inclement weather preventing work on the I-695 exit ramp this past week, as early as this Monday night, September 17th, the I-695 exit ramp will be fully closed overnight in order to remove old pavement and install a new pavement surface for the motoring public. The work will result in some noise, but CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize noise from this activity. Work will begin as early as this Monday after the evening traffic rush and is expected to be completed before the Tuesday morning traffic rush. Workers and equipment will also be in the 400-block of Virginia Avenue supporting this effort.

This work is heavily dependent on favorable site and weather conditions in advance and during this work activity. This nighttime activity could be moved to later in the week based on the weather.

September 14, 2018
Capitol Quarter Driveways Completed

The Capitol Quarter driveways in the 300-block of Virginia Avenue are now complete. We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience while this work was underway.

September 14, 2018
Virginia Avenue Park Restoration

Rough grading is nearly complete and other work is currently underway to fully restore the Virginia Avenue Park, including the installation of dog park features, topsoil, grass seeding, tree planting and other landscaping features which will be ongoing in the coming weeks, for its Fall 2018 completion.

September 7, 2018
Saturday Work, September 8th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, September 8th, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at locations throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area. Activities on Saturday may include street restoration work. CSX does not expect any of this to be disruptive, and will implement mitigation measures to minimize any potential 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.

September 7, 2018
Nighttime Work I-695 6th Street ramp on Monday, September 10th

In order to minimize traffic impacts, there will be work on and adjacent to the 6th Street off-ramp of I-695 this Monday night to relocate the temporary traffic barriers in preparation for paving the ramp. Work will begin Monday after the evening traffic rush and completed before the Tuesday morning traffic rush. Workers and equipment will also be in the 400-block of Virginia Avenue supporting this effort. Daytime preparation is necessary in advance of moving these barriers which is weather dependent. If weather impacts the preparation work, this nighttime activity could be moved to Tuesday or Wednesday night. 

September 7, 2018
Daytime final reconstruction and paving on I-695 6th Street ramp week of September 10th

During daytime hours Monday through Saturday next week, the project team will be performing the final paving of the reconstructed 6th Street off-ramp of I-695. Motorists will see significant activity with workers, equipment, asphalt delivery dump trucks and other equipment present. This work will be performed with the ramp open, however, there may be brief periods of time when the ramp is stopped by traffic flaggers to allow movement of equipment during this operation.

As the paving and striping work progresses through the week, traffic lanes will be shifted from one side of the ramp to the other to accommodate the work while maintaining traffic. The VAT Project Team urges motorists to be cognizant of workers and equipment, and use extreme caution while using the ramp during this process as we complete the ramp in the coming days.

This work is also dependent on good weather, and may require the team to push this effort to better weather days

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