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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has awarded a $193.8 million contract to Judlau Contracting Inc. to rehabilitate the new South Ferry subway station in Lower Manhattan and protect the station from future flooding during storms, the agency announced yesterday.MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) previously awarded a contract, and work has been completed to remove all damaged finishes and equipment from the station, which was submerged in 15 million gallons of water and damaged during Hurricane Sandy. NYCT also took interim measures to protect the station from a storm surge, including emergency egress bulkheads at station entrances, MTA officials said in a press release."While the old South Ferry Station has been brought back into operation as a temporary replacement, it is obsolete and is not ADA compliant," said MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Prendergast. "Reopening the new South Ferry station complex and protecting it against future storms is an MTA priority."The 31-month contract includes leak mitigation replacement of track, mechanical, electrical, signal, and communications equipment, as well as ceiling and wall panels and other damaged assets. The project will incorporate strategies to protect NYCT’s property, equipment and employees from future flooding. In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy sent salt water into the station, destroying all electrical and mechanical systems and components, and filling the entire structure from the track level to the mezzanine with water to a depth of 80 feet. The flood water extensively damaged the station and critical equipment.