Amtrak’s Hudson River tunnels project could bring 3 years of traffic jams

Posted On Mon, December 12, 2016 By

Posted On Mon, December 12, 2016 By In Transportation

Back in January, Amtrak unveiled its $24B Gateway Program, a plan that would overhaul the Hudson River rail tunnels by building a brand new tunnel and repairing another that is currently in disrepair. Work under the plan would also encompass expanding Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan and replacing rail bridges in New Jersey. While details on the course of construction were previously thin, according to draft proposals obtained by Reuters, we now know that work on the new tunnel will begin in 2019, and the West Side Highway could be subject to three years of traffic jams as a result.

Amtrak Gateway Program

As 6sqft previously reported, the most crucial component of the Gateway is the estimated $7.7B Hudson Tunnel Project that will bring a new two-track tunnel into Penn Station station and rebuild an existing, century-old tunnel. The existing tunnel was damaged during Superstorm Sandy and continues to erode as saltwater residue clings to the interior. What’s more is that irrespective of the damage, ridership has grown tremendously over the last 30 years, and the existing setup is unequipped to handle increased demand. The Regional Plan Association has called the Hudson River tunnels “the biggest bottleneck in the metro region’s transit network, causing delays that ripple up and down the northeast corridor.” Shoring up infrastructure is imperative, and as Reuters writes, “The Gateway project is considered critical to the greater metropolitan New York City area, which produces 10 percent of the country’s economic output.”

The draft proposals was obtained from a transportation sector source by the news outlet and lays out various plans for construction. One scenario details digging up a partially renovated section of the Hudson River Park using a “cut and cover” method, a move that would lead to lane closures on the busy West Side Highway and limit access to the park. Also noted is stabilizing the ground for boring, as parts of Manhattan are on landfill; as is building a massive underwater encasement that would rise from the riverbed to protect the tunnel from things like anchors and grounded ships. Work in the water could take two years and encompass 224,000 square feet (or four football fields in size), which would also impact the Hudson’s marine life.

The plans outlined in the drafts, however, have in no way been finalized and are meant to identify the least desirable construction scenarios—a common measure taken for large-scale public projects. The proposals will ultimately be incorporated into an environmental impact statement to be released in 2017. Nancy Snyder, a spokeswoman for NJ Transit, who is leading the environmental review, told Reuters: “We are going through this process to see what is the best way to construct the tunnel with the least amount of impact to everyone involved.”

Last September, it was decided that New York and New Jersey would cover half the cost of the Gateway Program, and federal officials the other half through a separate entity within the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Amtrak says it will take a decade to complete the entire project.

[Via Reuters]

RELATED:

Tags : , , , , ,

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Stackable furniture line from Debra Folz Design makes storage stylish

    Stackable furniture line from Debra Folz Design makes storage stylish

    There are all types of stackable furniture out there, and while many of them function perfectly well, they’re not always ...
  • This $4M Riverdale mansion, known as the Esmeralda, was built in 1899 and still impresses today

    This $4M Riverdale mansion, known as the Esmeralda, was built in 1899 and still impresses today

    The historic mansions of Riverdale never fail to impress, and this gem is no exception. Built in 1899 and known ...
  • Renzo Piano’s 565 Broome Street on the rise; the world of Hamilton at Green-Wood Cemetery

    Renzo Piano’s 565 Broome Street on the rise; the world of Hamilton at Green-Wood Cemetery

    After launching sales in September, Renzo Piano’s two-towered 565 Broome Street is finally on the rise. [CityRealty] The quest to ...
  • FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC’s rental concessions

    FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC’s rental concessions

    Upper West Side Beaux Arts Beauty ‘The Willard’ Offering Two Months Free, 1-Bedrooms From $2,996/Month [link] Live at LIC’s Hayden: ...
  • 432 Park would have generated $30M for affordable housing with de Blasio’s mansion tax

    432 Park would have generated $30M for affordable housing with de Blasio’s mansion tax

    Outside of 432 Park Avenue, Mayor de Blasio held a press conference on Thursday to discuss his mansion tax. The ...
  • City reveals garment district rezoning plans, citing incentives to move makers to Sunset Park

    City reveals garment district rezoning plans, citing incentives to move makers to Sunset Park

    At a Manhattan community board meeting Wednesday evening, city officials told garment industry representatives of plans to remove Midtown‘s manufacturing ...
  • The Urban Lens: Behind the counter and into the caves at Murray’s Cheese

    The Urban Lens: Behind the counter and into the caves at Murray’s Cheese

    6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. ...
  • New renderings revealed for NYCHA’s raised earth Red Hook Houses by KPF

    New renderings revealed for NYCHA’s raised earth Red Hook Houses by KPF

    When Superstorm Sandy hit the community of Red Hook, thousands of residents were left without power and basic necessities for ...
  • Judge once again stops work at Pier 55 over environmental concerns

    Judge once again stops work at Pier 55 over environmental concerns

    If you thought the roller coaster that is Pier 55 was over since construction began in November, you may not want ...
  • Amtrak will provide additional weekend service between Boston and New York

    Amtrak will provide additional weekend service between Boston and New York

    Amtrak will soon offer more weekend service options between Boston and New York, the railroad company announced Thursday. Those who ...
  • Apply for 25 units at new affordable/supportive housing project in Brownsville, from $876/month

    Apply for 25 units at new affordable/supportive housing project in Brownsville, from $876/month

    The Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville are a huge NYCHA compex, consisting of 24 buildings. Recently, a $56 million public/private investment ...
  • $665K sunny Williamsburg co-op looks like a chic Amsterdam flat

    $665K sunny Williamsburg co-op looks like a chic Amsterdam flat

    With a subtle and stylish renovation, lots of irresistible textures like pale wood and whitewashed brick, and tons of sunlight, this ...

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERS

Thank you, your sign-up request was successful!
This email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Please provide a valid email address.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.