VAT Updates

June 10, 2015
Fencing Along South Side of Garfield Park

Within the next few weeks CSX will install stockade fencing along the south side of Garfield Park where it abuts the ad hoc recreation space beneath I-695 at 2nd Street. The recreation space will continue to be accessible from Garfield Park. Detour signs will be installed to direct pedestrians to use New Jersey Avenue or 3rd Street to continue to areas south of the freeway. 

June 10, 2015
Closing of Virginia Ave. between 4th Street and 5th Street

Beginning as soon as Monday, June 29, Virginia Avenue between 4th Street and 5th Street also will be closed completely to traffic and parking, for the duration of the project. This is necessary for construction of the new tunnel. Fencing will be installed along the perimeter of the project site and crews will complete additional preparations before starting “support of excavation” work (drilling holes for steel pilling) as the first step in construction of the new tunnel.

Pedestrians and drivers should expect to follow detours around the closed section of Virginia Avenue, primarily by using K Street S.E. for eastbound travel between 4th and 5th Streets.

June 10, 2015
Closing of Virginia Ave. between 2nd Street and 3rd Street

Beginning as soon as Monday, June 22, Virginia Avenue between 2nd Street and 3rd Street will be closed completely to traffic and parking, for the duration of the project.  Fencing will be installed along the perimeter of the project site and a temporary sidewalk will ensure access is maintained for occupants of adjacent properties. This closure is necessary to complete utility relocations and other preparations in advance of early elements of construction of the first new tunnel, which will begin later this summer.

Pedestrians and drivers should expect to follow detours around the closed section of Virginia Avenue, primarily by using I Street S.E. or K Street S.E. for eastbound travel between 2nd and 3rd Streets. In addition, pedestrians will no longer be able to pass under I-695 to access Garfield Park north of the highway.  The ad hoc recreation area under the freeway will only be accessible from Garfield Park on the north side.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution when traveling through this area and be prepared to follow temporary traffic controls. Additionally, motorists should anticipate moderate delays and are advised to plan for additional travel time or use alternate routes to bypass the construction area.

June 10, 2015
Lane Closure on Virginia Ave. between 5th and 7th Street

Beginning as early as Wednesday, June 17, the north lane of Virginia Avenue S.E. between 5th Street and 7th Street will be closed for additional work related to utility relocations and installation of temporary street lighting. The southern lane will remain open for normal eastbound traffic. This work is expected to continue for approximately two to three (2-3) weeks, into early July. In early July the south lanes will be closed for “support of excavation” work (drilling holes for steel pilling) as the first step in construction of the new tunnel. The south lanes will remain closed through the duration of the project. 

June 5, 2015
Temporary Virginia Ave. Lane Closures between 6th & 7th Streets

Beginning as early as Monday, June 8, additional work related to utility relocations will require the intermittent closure of sections of the two southern lanes of Virginia Avenue between 6th Street and 7th Street, S.E. The northern lane will remain open for normal eastbound traffic. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution when traveling through this area and be prepared to follow temporary traffic controls. Additionally, motorists should anticipate moderate delays and are advised to plan for additional travel time or use alternate routes to bypass the construction area. This work is expected to continue through Friday, June 12.

June 5, 2015
Some Parking Restrictions Lifted

The project team has determined that schedule changes allow the temporary removal of parking restrictions on seven (7) parking spaces on 5th Street near the intersection with Virginia Avenue.  Signs will be re-installed when those spaces are needed, and neighbors should continue to comply with posted parking restrictions to avoid being ticketed or towed by the District of Columbia. We will continue to review the parking restrictions in place throughout the neighborhood to attempt to minimize the impact of the project on our neighbors.

June 4, 2015
Parking Restrictions

Due to the work occurring near the project site, some of the parking spaces along Virginia Avenue, S.E., and on cross streets between 2nd and 11th Streets, are being reserved during work hours in accordance with DDOT-approved Maintenance of Traffic plans. CSX appreciates that this creates inconveniences for some of our neighbors and we are committed to keeping as much parking as possible available to neighbors. 

We’ve been asked several questions about why parking spaces are reserved but then remain unoccupied during the work day. Those spaces are left vacant by design, either because of upcoming work or to ensure the free flow of traffic around work spaces and to accommodate the potential movements of ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency response vehicles. Fire trucks in particular require wide turning and maneuvering spaces, and leaving parking spaces unoccupied helps ensure that they will have the room they need in the event of an emergency.

June 4, 2015
New Utility Relocation Work on 7th Street

Utility relocation work will soon begin at the intersection of 7th Street, S.E., and Virginia Avenue. Work will include surveying, removing pavement, trenching and other activities associated with utility relocations. Traffic lanes in this area will shift temporarily. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution when traveling through this area and be prepared to follow temporary traffic controls. Additionally, motorists should anticipate moderate delays and are advised to plan for additional travel time or use alternate routes to bypass the construction area. This work is expected to continue through September.

May 28, 2015
Start of Major Construction

CSX today started the major construction phase of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project. The support of excavation work now underway consists of drilling 42-inch holes for steel and concrete pilings that will support a temporary retaining wall necessary to construct the first new permanent tunnel elements. This work is taking place at the west end of the project site in public space near 2nd and H Streets, S.E.

Noting the activity, Chuck Gullakson, chief engineer on the project, said, “CSX remains committed to doing this project the right way – safely and with respect for our neighbors and the community around the project. Now that we’re underway, we plan to complete the project as expeditiously as we can safely do so, consistent with our commitments to minimizing the impact on the community through our extensive mitigation plans.”

Similar work will begin at the east end of the project site, near 11th  and M Streets, S.E., within the next few weeks.

May 22, 2015
Section 106 MOA Preservation Fund Payment Confirmation Letter

The Preservation Fund Payment Confirmation Letter is now available. http://bit.ly/1KoHUjQ

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