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We are writing to provide you with the latest information about our hospital addition construction project.

Activities for the Week of March 31
Drilling and installation of 80- to 85-foot steel piles at the construction site, along the west edge of Boren Avenue between Spring and Seneca streets, will continue this week. Because this shoring activity involves drilling and not pile driving, neighbors will not experience vibration disruptions common at other construction sites. Noise at the site will result mainly from diesel engines running equipment at the site. There will be intermittent steel-on-steel noise from the drill unit. Noise levels will be kept within the acceptable, permitted level and equipment will be muffled when possible.

This week, utility relocation ductwork continues on Seneca immediately in front of the John Winthrop Apartments in preparation for the start of the installation of a large electrical vault late in the week of March 31 and continuing the week of April 7. This work will affect the street and sidewalk on the north side of Seneca to the east side of the building's entrance. It has been determined by the Urban Forester that one tree must be removed for this work and will later be replaced.

We will ensure an open pathway is maintained at all times to allow residents of the Winthrop Apartments to enter and exit the building to the west. During non-construction hours, we will maintain a pedestrian path around the excavation area.

For the week of March 31, additional electrical ductbank work will begin on Spring Street, within the area that is presently closed.

Weekend Work
For the weekend of March 29 and 30, we will finish the work on the existing hospital building that was begun last weekend and left incomplete due to unforeseen complications. 

By special permit, work will start on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Crews are aiming to complete this work by 5 p.m. on Saturday, but if they run into any delays, then it is permitted to continue until 6 p.m. on Sunday if necessary.

Street Closures for the Week of March 31

  • Spring Street - Spring between Boren and Terry avenues will remain closed. The median in Boren has been removed and will be replaced at the end of the construction project in 2010. To ensure pedestrian safety, the south sidewalk on Spring St. will remain open.

  • Boren Avenue - This week, please expect the closure of one to two lanes of traffic on Boren between Spring and Seneca during normal construction hours. During these hours, the lanes will be channeled to allow at least one lane of travel in each direction. All lanes will be open after construction hours.

  • Seneca Street - The first four parking stalls immediately west of Boren on both sides of Seneca will continue to be closed to parking. One lane of traffic may be closed intermittently during this work, but the other will remain open to route bus and car traffic onto Boren. Additional parking spaces along the north, westbound lane of Seneca may need to be closed, including a Zone 21 Permit Parking Load/Unload area, to ensure the safety of the public and workers on the site.

Once again, we thank you for your patience throughout this period and apologize for any inconvenience these activities may cause. As updated information becomes available, we will be sure to share it with you.

As always, for more information about the addition, including an animated video of how the new building will be situated on the site, please visit: VirginiaMason.org/construction.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the construction activities, please contact:

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