VAT Updates

November 3, 2015
CSX to Host Public Open House on VAT Project on November 12

CSX will host the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project quarterly public open house on Thursday, November 12 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street S.E. Members of the CSX project team and representatives from our design and construction partner, Clark/Parsons, will be available to answer questions and to provide project updates. There will be no formal presentation. All community members are invited. http://bit.ly/1k85o2N

October 29, 2015
Installation of Security Monitors

CSX has begun installing additional security monitoring equipment throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project site, consistent with our commitment to safety. Safety is CSX’s highest priority, and that includes protecting the residents of communities where we operate. The new systems, which include remotely monitored video cameras and other sensors, are part of a security plan that includes perimeter fencing, signage and lighting, as well as regular patrols by CSX police officers who are based at the project’s community office. More information about safety and security measures at the tunnel project site is available in the frequently asked questions section of the project website, http://www.virginiaavenuetunnel.com/faqs.

October 29, 2015
Water Outage Update: Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E.

Customers south of Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E., may experience a temporary outage during the overnight hours between Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31. This is an update from previous notices that this outage would occur Wednesday, Oct. 28 or Thursday, Oct. 29. Customers who will be affected by the outages should also expect to receive advance notices directly from DC Water. Previous disruptions in the area have lasted approximately three hours and occurred between midnight and 6 a.m. Every effort will be made to minimize the time that water service is not available. We apologize for any inconveniences these outages may cause.

October 29, 2015
Saturday Project Work, October 31

CSX will conduct limited construction work at several locations along the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project site this Saturday, October 31. Work to install temporary street decks at the intersection of 4th Street, S.E. and Virginia Avenue will continue, as will work on support-of-excavation structures in the 400 blocks of Virginia Avenue. Work also will continue on the new retaining wall at the eastern portal of the tunnel, east of 11th Street, S.E., as well as limited work between 8th and 11th Street, S.E. No additional traffic detours or restrictions are required for these efforts. CSX does not anticipate that these activities will be disruptive to neighbors, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience they may cause.

October 26, 2015
Potential Water Disruptions UPDATED

DC Water informed CSX that water service to customers may be disrupted in several areas over the next few weeks, for brief periods, as progress continues on relocating water lines in the vicinity of the new tunnel.

An updated time frame for the anticipated outages is listed below. Customers who will be affected by the outages should also expect to receive advance notices directly from DC Water. Previous disruptions in the area have lasted approximately three hours and occurred between midnight and 6 a.m. Every effort will be made to minimize the time that water service is not available. We apologize for any inconveniences these outages may cause.

  • Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E. – Tuesday, Oct. 27 – Customers south of Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E., may experience a temporary outage during the overnight hours. This is an update from previous notices that this outage would occur Tuesday, Oct. 20 or Wednesday, Oct. 22.
  • Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E. – Friday, Oct. 30 – Customers south of Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E., may experience a second temporary outage during the overnight hours. This is an update from previous notices that this outage would occur Tuesday, Oct. 20 or Wednesday, Oct. 22.
  • 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Virginia Avenue – between Monday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 6 – Customers in the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Virginia Avenue may experience a temporary outage during overnight hours on one of these days. This is an update from previous notices that this outage would occur between Monday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 30. 
  • Arthur Capper Senior Center – postponed – Work originally scheduled for between Monday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 30 has been postponed. CSX and DC Water will provide an update in advance of any disruption.
October 22, 2015
Saturday Project Work, October 24

CSX will conduct limited construction work at several locations along the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project site this Saturday, October 24. Work to install temporary street decks at the intersection of 4th Street S.E. and Virginia Avenue will continue, as will work on support-of-excavation structures in the 400 and 600 blocks of Virginia Avenue. Work also will continue on the new retaining wall at the eastern portal of the tunnel, east of 11th Street S.E. No additional traffic detours or restrictions are required for these efforts. CSX does not anticipate that these activities will be disruptive to neighbors, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience they may cause.

October 22, 2015
Coffee with Chuck Recap

Earlier this week, VAT project team members hosted Coffee with Chuck, an informational meeting to share project updates and answer residents’ questions.

As part of their presentation on the VAT project status and recent construction activities, project team members discussed the installation of temporary driveways for properties in the 200 and 300 blocks of Virginia Avenue, and to connect 5th Street with the access alley behind the Arthur Capper Senior Center. These connections will help ensure continued access for residents throughout the project, and that emergency services vehicles can respond to those areas if needed.

Additionally, the project team announced that construction crews are beginning excavation for the first new tunnel and will begin pouring concrete for the retaining wall this week. Construction crews continue to work closely with Pepco and DC Water on utility relocation work, and the project team will continue to provide notifications of potential service interruptions as that information becomes available. The project team also discussed street closures and neighborhood traffic patterns, reminding residents that Virginia Avenue between 3rd and 4th Street S.E. will close in the coming days for the duration of the project. To view the full presentation including construction pictures, schedules of upcoming construction activities, street closures and utility relocations and temporary disruptions, please click here.

We hope you join us for our next Coffee with Chuck meeting on November 18, and join us for our Quarterly Open House on November 12. You can find a full list of upcoming meetings on our Community Bulletin.

October 21, 2015
Coffee with Chuck Presentation on October 21

Thank you to everyone who attended this morning’s Coffee with Chuck. For those who weren’t able to attend, the presentation is available here: http://bit.ly/1hTJ1vR

Upcoming Coffee with Chuck sessions will be held on Wednesday, November 18, and Wednesday, December 16. We’ll be sharing additional details in the coming weeks and months. We hope you can join us.

October 19, 2015
Potential Water Disruptions

DC Water has informed CSX that water service to customers may be disrupted in several areas over the next few weeks, for brief periods, as progress continues on relocating water lines in the vicinity of the new tunnel.

These anticipated outages are listed below. Additional information and reminders will be provided in advance of each event, and customers who will be affected by the outages should also expect to receive advance notices directly from DC Water. Previous disruptions in the area have lasted approximately three hours and occurred between midnight and 6 a.m. Every effort will be made to minimize the time that water service is not available. We apologize for any inconveniences these outages may cause.

  • Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E. – Tuesday, Oct. 20, or Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Customers south of Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E., may experience a temporary outage during the overnight hours. This is an update from previous notices that this outage would occur Monday, Oct. 19.
  • Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E. – Wednesday, Oct. 21, or Thursday, Oct. 22 – Customers south of Virginia Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets, S.E., may experience a second temporary outage during the overnight hours.
  • 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Virginia Avenue – between Monday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 30 – Customers in the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Virginia Avenue may experience a single temporary outage during overnight hours on one of these days.
  • Arthur Capper Senior Center – between Monday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 30 – Residents of the Arthur Capper Senior Center may experience a single temporary outage during overnight hours on one of these days.

CSX and DC Water will provide additional notice about these events in advance.

October 16, 2015
DC Preservation League Grant Workshop

The DC Preservation League will host a pre-application grant workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the CSX community office, for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Fund under DCPL’s Preservation Initiatives Grant Program. The workshop will introduce participants to the PI program and offer step-by-step guidance through the application requirements. The workshop is free of charge; space is limited and reservations are required. Please visit DCPL’s webpage for more information.

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