Penn Station reconstruction work progressing despite troubles on track 15

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NEW YORK — It’s taking longer to rip out concrete on one of New York Penn Station’s platforms than originally planned, Gery Wiliams, Amtrak’s chief engineer says.

In a media call Feb. 2, Williams discussed the progress of the winter track rehabilitation at Penn Station, specifically track 15, the first part of planned activities from January until the end of May of this year. Williams said progress was on schedule, except for track 15. It seems that the original concrete that had been installed on the track was in worse shape than imagined, and more time for the demolition was needed than had been scheduled.

Amtrak adjusted its schedule and brought in additional equipment. Work is expected to be completed by’ the end of the month on track 15, which will be then followed by work on track 18, and work on the “C” interlocking. Williams also said the women’s lavatory on the main level of Penn Station had been completely refurbished, and construction on a refurbished men’s lavatory will soon follow.

Penn Station reconstruction work, including work on the adjacent Moynihan Station is expected to continue another four to five years.

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