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NYCT to perform repairs in preparation for Canarsie Tunnel closure

During Hurricane Sandy, the tunnel was flooded with 7 million gallons of saltwater.
Photo – Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin


MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) this month will conduct key repairs and preparatory work on the L Line's Canarsie Tunnel to ensure the structure can remain open until its planned closure for full rehabilitation in April 2019.

To facilitate the upcoming repairs and prep work, the agency will close the tunnel two weekends this month while crews install continuous welded rail.

Workers also will inspect the line's communication systems and perform maintenance on track and tunnel infrastructure, NYCT officials said in a press release.

The prep work includes surveys of the tubes, tracks and other areas within the track tunnel. The surveys can't be done when trains are in service and the third rail is on, according to the agency.

In April 2019, NYCT will close the Canarsie Tunnel for 15 months to repair extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Last month, the Metropolitan Transportation Administration's board awarded a $492 million contract to Judlau Contracting and TC Electric to complete the repairs. The contract includes incentives for the firms to wrap up the repairs in 15 months.

Meanwhile, MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) track crews are continuing to replace concrete ties between the Rockville Centre and Merrick stations on the Babylon Branch. The work began in late April and will continue over three weekends this month.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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