Weekend Work on the Flushing Line Completed Ahead of Schedule
Facing a short window of opportunity, several teams of NYC Transit workers tackled a series of heavy construction jobs along sections of the Flushing Line in the Long Island City area. The work required five weekends of service suspensions between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square and due to the line's heavy use, work could only be done after the busy holiday season and prior to the beginning of the baseball season.
New York City Transit completed several projects three weekends ahead of schedule, including major track replacement work on the Davis Street Curve of the 7 Line. During the construction period, customers in Long Island City had to use a shuttle bus to Queensboro Plaza and then ride either Q or N service into Manhattan.
Early completion of the work fulfilled a commitment to the Long Island City community to end the back-riding and shuttle bus service in as short a period as possible. "We were able to accomplish a lot of extremely important work in a shorter time period than we had planned and we are grateful for the patience of Flushing Line riders for whom this service is a lifeline," said NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast. "After meeting with the community, we took another hard look at what we could do and made some modifications to the plan allowing us to restore service as quickly as possible."
The early completion of this vital track replacement project restores weekend 7 train service between Queensboro Plaza and Manhattan, ending a major inconvenience for tens of thousands of riders. The ambitious work schedule included the replacement of track panels on the curve leaving Vernon-Jackson, and the installation of a new track switch at Hunter's Point station. The work also included the replacement of a track switch that had been in service for several decades.
Additionally, several hundred feet of new concrete roadbed was poured, and new continuously welded rail (CWR) was installed while tunnel wall grouting, track and drain cleaning were performed in the Steinway Tube. The weekends also provided the opportunity to work on a new elevator at Court House Square. Several other smaller projects were also bundled in, including electrical, communications and cable work.
Through planning and cooperation, NYC Transit was able to pull all of these projects together and perform them at the same time to minimize the impact on 7 Line customers as much as possible.