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On the heels of my previous post on the changes coming to I Street SE, here's some specifics from CSX on its current timetable for the restoration of Virginia Avenue as the tunnel project begins to see the light at the end of, um, itself.
As the graphic at right from this presentation shows, it appears that the 300 block of Virginia is at the top of the restoration list, with the street itself expected to open in Spring 2018. The 200 and 400 blocks would follow in early summer, with the blocks from 5th to 9th following in late summer. This schedule also includes the restoration of the connection under the freeway to Garfield Park in early summer, and Virginia Avenue Park later in the year.
There will be some full closures of the cross streets as they get restored, with the diciest ones probably being 4th Street (expected to close from February into summer) and that bizarro 5th/6th intersection (which this says will be closed from late this year into spring).
As for what Virginia Avenue will look like when "restoration" is complete, here are the graphics from CSX, showing among other things the new separated pedestrian and cycling paths, including a cut-through path on that 4th Street triangle to allow bikes to hook up easily with I Street, the main east-west bicycle route in this neck of the woods. (Yeah, even when you click to enlarge they are tiny. Here's the PDF.)
It's rather stunning to me to actually be seeing a timeline like this--I've been writing about this project for a looooooooooong time. As to whether everything does wrap up in 2018, of course We Shall See.
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malatesta says: (11/2/17 8:34 AM)
It's a bit weird to try to think of Virginia Ave as anything but a hole in the ground for so many people in the neighborhood. Given new deliveries and churn in the rental market, it's possible that a majority of current JDland residents have never seen that section of Virgina Ave as an actual street.


Section314 says: (11/2/17 2:32 PM)
They have to be gone before the All-Star game!


walt says: (11/2/17 2:54 PM)
Any chance there will ever again be pedestrian access along the VA Ave line to cross over or under the 395 mess? I always feel like it's SOOOO much longer to go around on my bike, but it's probably not as bad as I make it.


sameter says: (11/4/17 7:58 AM)
i spy that h street is associated with the opening of 2nd and the underpass. maybe whole foods will be using a similar time frame for opening or construction. i have to imagine it will be more difficult for construction once the street opens.


dude says: (11/4/17 8:28 PM)
Cool. I like seeing these renderings too.


sameter says: (11/14/17 10:15 AM)
curbing in installed on the northwest corner of 3rd st. h street looks ready to go.

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