D.C. freight rail tunnel expansion sparks concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Residents in a Southeast D.C. neighborhood are concerned about noise and construction traffic that could come from the expansion of a freight rail tunnel near them.

The 100-year-old tunnel owned by CSX runs beneath Virginia Avenue from 2nd to 11th streets.

The rail company wants to expand it to allow for two tracks and double-stacked containers.

The Washington Post reports ( that the tunnel is a major bottleneck and they need to expand it for higher volume when the widened Panama Canal is complete in 2014.

It could require construction staging to be done right in front of some of the homes on Virginia Avenue. Resident Laura Salmon says she and neighbors are concerned about having the tunnel closer to their homes and the vibration from increased rail traffic.

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