Public meeting on rehab of Virginia Ave. tunnel

The District Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration have invited the public to attend a second meeting to discuss plans to rehabilitate the Virginia Avenue Tunnel between Second and 11th streets SE.

CSX Transportation wants to replace the tunnel, which is more than a century old and has become one of the biggest railroad choke points along the East Coast. But the plan involves closing blocks of Virginia Avenue near the Southeast-Southwest Freeway for a lengthy period while the work is done.

Several design concepts have been developed, and they will be outlined at the meeting, scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, inside Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. Navy Yard on the Green Line is the nearest Metrorail station. Free parking will be available in Lot C, at First and N streets SE, adjacent to he stadium. The session will begin with an open house, followed by a formal presentation at 7.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.

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