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NBC4's Tom Sherwood did a piece today on CSX's plans to expand the Virginia Avenue Tunnel, and he focused on a to-be owner of a Capitol Quarter townhouse on Virginia Avenue (in the block between Third and Fourth, where foundation pouring is currently underway). There wasn't any real news in the piece for people who've been following the story recently, but it does highlight that that one block could really become a problem for CSX, and is perhaps an issue that no one had given much thought to. (But, in their defense, it's not like there was a five-year window when Virginia Avenue was completely deserted. Oh, wait....) I also wonder how the city agencies that will be new tenants at 225 Virginia will handle the impact of three years of construction outside their front door.
There still aren't any details posted online by CSX or the District about exactly how the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project will work (though we do have notes from their various recent public outreach sessions), but at a cost of about $140 million, it's not a small piece of the $842 million "National Gateway" project. In the documents that were part of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board vote on the project back in September, CSX described the Virginia Avenue Tunnel as a "bottleneck that when unlocked improves the freight efficiency and mitigates the expected freight growth in the region."
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I ST says: (11/17/09 9:04 PM)
I posted the below msg two weeks ago:

I ST says: (Nov 6, 2009 12:36 PM)
How will people living at Capitol Quarter in the northern most block along VA ave get into their homes? Both entrances to the block are off of VA Ave.

The CQ owners living on the northern block only have two car entrances and both are off VA Ave.

Glad it's getting some attention.


Mike McEleney says: (11/17/09 9:43 PM)
Capitol Riverfront BID announced tonight at the Lower 8th Street Visioning that CSX will brief the board on the Virginia Avenue project. Oddly they dont mention it on the agenda. At the visioning the host and facilitator seemed quite supportive of the CSX trench, but denied having a view.
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Rob Lee says: (11/18/09 7:45 AM)
What is surprising is that not many people seem to know about this. I spoke with Phil at EYA and they had a meeting on Monday and will be meeting with CSX officials discussing options. This clearly could be a huge challenge for EYA. EYA said they just found out about the project last week. It seems that DC did not forward any of the proposals that have been in existence for 18 months according to CSX officials. As a result, I have started a public Google Group to help foster discussion related to this project and its impact on SE DC. The group home page can be found here: link


goober says: (11/18/09 8:17 AM)
Good job by Tommy Wells letting his constituents know what's going on. Maybe we're such new members in his ward he forgets we're here. But I'll bet he'll remember come election time.


MJM says: (11/18/09 8:37 AM)
I really hope a few people can hold this up and keep lots of traffic/trucks on the road and prevent more freight from moving through the area/East coast when the Panama Canal is expanded.

This will go through just like the metro did. Some people will have to adjust their lives a bit just like they did in the 70/80s with the metro dig and cover. I'm sure CSX will find a way to keep roads open while they do the construction near major intersections.

BTW, I think the construction was listed as 2-3 years not 3-4 years??


G St says: (11/18/09 10:36 AM)
Going to hard to sell those units I would think, unless you're a train nut. (OTOH, I have zero sympathy for DC government workers.)

Oh, well, that's the price we pay for the double-decker trains bringing more cheap goods from China to the Wally Worlds.


James says: (11/19/09 9:18 PM)
This is very unfortunate news. The only way I would support this is if they put all of 695 underground (from 2nd to 11th street) along with the second railroad track.

Any chance of this happening? Are the same agencies involved? I feel the community would be much more willing to deal with the construction if the underground highway was part of the deal.

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