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MTA Dedicates Two Tunnel Boring Machines

Friday, March 18, 2011

The MTA christened two new tunnel boring machines to kick off the Queens Tunneling Phase of the East Side Access Project. The East Side Access Project will provide a nonstop link to Grand Central Station on the LIRR and create a new transportation hub in Sunnyside, Queens.

Five miles of Manhattan bedrock have already been excavated to create two new tunnels slated for completion in May 2011. In April, the underground journey continues through softer soil in Queens for almost two additional miles. All four new tunnels using customized excavation techniques will be finished in October 2012, while the overall project will be put into service by 2016.

The project has been hailed as the largest infrastructure project in the country at a budgeted cost of $8.5 billion according to MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder. That number is a $1.2 billion increase over the projected budget in July 2009.

The tunnel boring machines were nicknamed Tess and Molina by sixth graders at I.S. 204 in Long Island City.

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Comments [4]

wasque

It's Grand Central TERMINAL, not Station.

Mar. 22 2011 08:55 AM
Rudolf from Boston

The report would be more complete and informative by including a map of the completed porton and routing of the tunnels to be completed, both in Queens and Manhattan. Also include the location of the Sunnyside hub.

Mar. 20 2011 03:03 PM
Jeff from Westchester

I'd like to see photos as the work goes on,,, also a map to follow it

Mar. 19 2011 01:19 PM
Peter H. from NYC

The LIRR East Side Access tunnels will serve Grand Central TERMINAL, not Station. Unless there has been a last-minute change of plans, and the tunnels are headed for the Subway Station, or the Post Office

Mar. 19 2011 10:59 AM

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