VAT Updates

March 29, 2018
February 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 February 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.

March 23, 2018
VAT Team Completes Final Tunnel Roof Pour

The Clark/Parsons JV Virginia Avenue Tunnel team this week completed the final concrete tunnel roof pour for the entire VAT project. The team poured over 84,000 cubic yards of concrete for the tunnel, and has completed the effort on schedule. The entire project remains on schedule for completion in Fall of 2018, within the 42-month construction period identified at the project outset.

March 23, 2018
Saturday Work, March 24th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, March 24th, 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 and removal of temporary bracing, street restoration work, 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.

 

March 23, 2018
3rd Street and 300-block restoration work continues

Work continues to progress on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue and in the 300-block. New paving, granite curbing, sidewalks, drainage and underground work for streetlights are well underway. In the upcoming weeks, CSX will remove stockade fences and install temporary chain link fencing to allow for final landscaping. CSX appreciates the community’s patience while we complete this important work.

 

March 23, 2018
“Coffee with Chuck” Presentation Now Available

Thanks to everyone who joined us for “Coffee with Chuck” on Wednesday morning, March 21st. Exhibits from the meeting are now posted to the project website. Please plan now to attend our next "Coffee with Chuck" on Wednesday, May 16th.

March 16, 2018
Saturday Work, March 17th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, March 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 and removal of temporary bracing, street restoration work, 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.

March 16, 2018
4th and 5th Street Intersections Now Closed

The 4th Street SE intersection with Virginia Avenue and the 5th/6th Street SE intersection with Virginia Avenue are now temporarily closed for approximately 3-4 months. The closure will allow removal of the existing temporary bridge decks, completion of a portion of the roof of the second new Virginia Avenue Tunnel and final street restoration.

The east side driveway to the Capitol Quarter townhomes has been switched to the original alignment from Virginia Avenue. Drivers will be directed to drive down Virginia Avenue to go north- or south-bound on 3rd Street.

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

Pedestrian access will be maintained across the intersections throughout this process.

For detour information, please visit the project website to find information about the 4th Street closing here and the 5th Street closing here. 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 these intersections and others affected by the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project.

Thank you in advance for your continued patience while we work to complete the street restorations and the project.

March 16, 2018
Please Plan to Join Us for the March 21st "Coffee with Chuck"

The next "Coffee with Chuck" morning briefing will be held Wednesday, March 21st, 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 current status of construction as well as upcoming activities. We hope to see you there.

March 9, 2018
VAT Team Sets Last Roof Panel

The Clark/Parsons JV Virginia Avenue Tunnel team this week set the last precast roof panel for the entire VAT project. The team set 937 panels, covering roughly 7,600 feet, and has completed the effort on schedule. The entire project remains on schedule for completion in Fall of 2018, within the 42-month construction period identified at the project outset.
 

March 9, 2018
Saturday Work, March 10th

CSX expects to conduct construction-related work on Saturday, March 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.

 

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