New York MTA seeks public feedback on reconstruction of Canarsie Tunnel

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NEW YORK — The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reaching out to the public to decide on how to proceed with the reconstruction of the agency’s Canarsie Tunnel on the L Line. The tunnel is responsible for carrying subway trains under the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

“Superstorm Sandy caused unprecedented damage to our infrastructure and the Canarsie Tunnel likely suffered the greatest damage of all,” says MTA New York City Transit President Hakim. “A project as impactful as this one requires extensive engagement with all of the communities that will be affected.”

The agency says that any 24-hour closure of the Canarsie Tunnel’s two tubes is unlikely to begin before January 2019, leaving time for both the selection of a construction plan and the development of service alternatives during the closure. The agency says it is “weighing the operational and engineering impacts of multiple proposals” for rebuilding the tunnel’s two tubes. The public meetings will include an in-depth discussion of the potential construction approaches currently under consideration.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Marcy Avenue Armory in Brooklyn. After the meetings, the agency will continue an “aggressive community engagement process” that meets with residents, businesses, community boards, merchant groups, and other organizations along the L line.

The agency says the Canarsie Tunnel suffered extensive damage to tracks, signals, switches, power cables, signal cables, communication cables, lighting, cable ducts and bench walls throughout a 7,100 foot-long flooded section of both tunnel tubes. The tunnel was one of nine total tunnels that were underwater during floods associated with Hurricane Sandy.

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