The 110 year old Virginia Avenue tunnel that runs through Washington D.C. is used by CSX. A project to upgrade it started last year. It should be complete within the next two to three years.
The project site states,
The Virginia Avenue Tunnel currently has a single track that accommodates one train at a time. The reconstruction will increase the tunnel width to install a second track and raise the height of the tunnel roof to make room for double-stack intermodal container trains.
For Ashlanders this project offers three insights.
- The increased freight traffic promised for our area is not just that coming from ports to the south of us. There will also be more traffic coming from the north and north-west.
- We can expect to see more double-stack trains.
- CSX was able to obtain approval for this project against strong opposition, even though it goes through some of the most expensive real estate in the country. And many of the people who live there are influential.