CSX is starting preparation for construction on its Virginia Avenue Tunnel project as soon as TODAY, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The site preparation work is expected to last approximately 60 days and will involve surveying, installing Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) measures, relocating utilities, and installing fencing.
What this means for Capitol Hill residents, and anyone traveling to the ballpark or the Navy Yard area (as well as Child and Family Services employees and visitors who park on neighborhood streets):
Traffic lanes on 4th Street, SE, between the westbound lanes of Virginia Avenue and I Street, SE, will be shifted temporarily, and parking spaces will be temporarily occupied to accommodate these shifts from 7 am to 7 pm on Monday through Friday throughout this phase of construction. At all other hours, trenches will be covered with steel plates, and all lanes will reopen to traffic.
Motorists should anticipate moderate delays and are advised to plan for additional travel time or use alternative routes to bypass the construction area. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to stay alert and to use caution when traveling through the work zone, and to be prepared to follow traffic controls when traveling on 4th Street, SE.
Detailed information about traffic impacts will be published by CSX at least 72 hours before construction is scheduled to occur.