Greenpoint Tunnel Work Moves Ahead
Work continues to progress as MTA New York City Transit wrapped up the seventh week of the Fix&Fortify effort at the Greenpoint Tube. Much of the past weekend’s work involved the installation of conduit, communications cable and wiring.
The Greenpoint Tube carries service beneath Newtown Creek and connects the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn with Long Island City in Queens. Repair and mitigation work necessitated by Superstorm Sandy is currently being performed during a series of 12 weekend shutdowns this year, disrupting service only when ridership is lightest.
During the 55-hour period between late Friday night and early Monday morning, workers blitzed the out of service portion of the crosstown line, installing more than 2,000 feet of communications conduit and 6,000 feet of power, control and communications cable. Workers also took advantage of the absence of train service to complete installation of signal messenger wire and brackets in the Brooklyn-bound trackway.
Filled with three million gallons of salt water at the height of the storm, tracks and equipment were totally submerged and the tunnel’s pump controls, electrical, communications, fan control and signal equipment were all heavily damaged. Rails and fasteners were also heavily damaged along with the controls for ventilation, lighting and communication systems which were destroyed.
There is no Greenpoint Tube work scheduled for Labor Day weekend. The next round of work will be September 6 -9.
This weekend work is being supported by a substantial bus shuttle operation. Click here for more information.