S3 TUNNEL CONSTRUCTORS COMPLETE
TBM DRIVE FOR TUNNEL NUMBER ONE
Updated (10:00 p.m.)
Second Avenue Subway TBM Run No. 1 (the west tunnel) was completed on Saturday morning, February 5th at 4:30 a.m.
Workers are now in the process of partially disassembling the TBM so that it can be backed out of the tunnel over the next 4 - 5 weeks.
Once the 485-ton machine is backed out of the tunnel, it will be jacked from the west side of the launch box to the east side of the launch box. Then it will start Run No. 2 (the east tunnel).
The plan calls for the TBM to mine the east tunnel all the way to the existing 63rd Street / Lexington Avenue station - a distance of 7,840 feet. When it reaches this station, sometime in late 2011, we should expect a dramatic arrival at 63rd Street, when it breaks through the rock into the open air.
The contractor was not able to use the TBM to mine the west tunnel all the way to the 63rd Street / Lexington Avenue station because the radius of the turn at the end of the run would have been too tight for the machine to handle. This curve in the west tunnel will instead be mined using traditional methods, i.e. with explosives.
The MTA issued this press release on
Monday, February 7th with the news:
Excavation of West Tunnel for Second Avenue Subway Complete
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the completion of the excavation of the west tunnel for Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway. To achieve this major milestone, a tunnel boring machine (TBM) mined
“Construction of this much-needed subway continues to move forward and this week marks another major accomplishment to transform New York as we know it,” said MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu. “These are tangible results that will not only expand our capacity but will also bring new economic activity and growth to Manhattan’s Upper East Side and points beyond.”
Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway will serve more than 200,000 people per day, reducing overcrowding on the Lexington Avenue Line and restoring a transit link to a neighborhood that lost the Second Avenue Elevated in 1940.
When Phase I is complete, it will decrease crowding on the adjacent Lexington Avenue Line by as much as 13%, or 23,500 fewer riders on an average weekday. It will also reduce travel times by up to 10 minutes or more (up to 27%) for those on the far east side or those traveling from the east side to west midtown.
The line is being built in phases, with the Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway providing service from 96th Street to 63rd Street as an extension of the Q train, three new ADA-accessible stations along Second Avenue at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets, and new entrances to the existing Lexington Av/63 Street Station at 63rd Street and Third Avenue. Further phases of the project will extend the line from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in the Financial District. The configuration of the tracks will allow for possible future extensions into Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
The Second Avenue Subway is one of four large-scale projects being built as the MTA undertakes the largest expansion of New York's public transportation system in two generations. The MTA is also connecting the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal, extending the 7 subway line to the far west side, and building the Fulton Street Transit Center in Lower Manhattan.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney followed
later in the day with this News Release:
Maloney Cheers Completion of 1st Second Avenue Subway Tunnel
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) celebrated the news that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) 485-ton, 450-foot-long tunnel boring machine (TBM) had reached 63rd Street, completing the first tunnel for the Second Avenue Subway. On May 14, 2010, the MTA launched the TBM at 92nd Street. The TBM will now be disassembled, brought back to 92nd Street, reassembled and relaunched to dig the subway’s second tunnel.
“We’re starting to see real progress now that the tunnel boring machine has completed the first tunnel for the Second Avenue Subway. There’s still a lot of work to do, but that light at the end of the tunnel is growing ever-brighter now that this milestone has been reached. I congratulate the MTA and the construction team for getting us this far, and I look forward to celebrating the completion of the second tunnel,” said Maloney.
A recent set of images from inside the
west tunnel can be found on this link:
"A View Down Below - January 23, 2011"
Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box
"NYC Tunnel Tour - Part 1" (4:40)
By Aileen Cho and Luke Abaffy
Engineering News-Record - 1/11
"Freeze Ground, Thaw Hearts"
Engineering News-Record - 2/2/11
By Aileen Cho
Engineering News-Record - 2/2/11
ADI completes her western run under Second Ave.
By Benjamin Kabak
2nd. Ave Sagas - 2/7/11
Notice of Limitation on Claims
Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT
Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 11 - 1/18/11
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Second Avenue Subway Project. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on the subject projects and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final environmental actions.