Public construction projects in Murray Hill

Sunday, April 18, 2021


Public construction projects in Murray Hill

East Side Access

Work on the corner of 37th and Park Avenue is expected to get underway in the next few months. Construction activities at this location will include work to repair sections of the sidewalk and curb, installation of a tree pit and additional signage. Construction at this location has a potential completion date of October 2021, and East Side Access will be completed in December 2022.

The East Side Access megaproject will provide Long Island Rail Road service to the east side of Manhattan, supplementing existing service to Penn Station on Manhattan’s west side and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. The project encompasses work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx and includes more than 8 miles of tunneling. When completed, East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers a day, providing a faster and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan in a new 8-track terminal and concourse below Grand Central Terminal.

Park Avenue Tunnel Rehabilitation Project

Park Avenue Tunnel at 39th Street

The Park Avenue Tunnel rehabilitation project continues to move forward and is approaching the final phase of work. Milling, paving, and striping work around the tunnel approaches and on Park Avenue is currently in progress. The electrical work is almost finished and the installation of the new carbon monoxide monitoring system is also nearing completion. Programming and testing of the fire alarm and heat detection systems will follow.

Once these tasks are completed, the contract is expected to move into the last stage of the rehabilitation, which is the work to repair the pedestrian median at 34th Street.  This work involves design plans around underground water main systems, and will begin once coordination with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is completed.

The completion date for this project could be as early as November 2021.

Infrastructure upgrades on 2nd Avenue & 3rd Avenue & surrounding areas (MED607)

The New York City Department of Design and Construction began the Infrastructure Upgrades along 2nd Avenue and Surrounding Areas Project in the summer of 2018 with an anticipated completion date of fall 2021. Under Project MED607, the city contractor has installed approximately 79.7% of new distribution water mains, 20.9% of new trunk water mains, and 85.3% of rehabilitated sewer mains to date. The city contractor has completed 42.5 % of the total work for this capital project to date.

The city contractor installed 25 feet of new 36” steel Trunk Water Main on the east side of 3rd Avenue between 33rd Street and 34th Street, and supported work for ConEd steam main work at 33rd Street. The steam mains were interfering with the installation of the Trunk Water Main at this location. The city contractor also continued excavating test pits on 35th Street between 2nd Avenue and QMT Exit to gather necessary information so that Con Edison can coordinate efforts with the city contractor regarding the installation of the proposed Trunk Water Main. The city contractor continued excavating test pits on 1st Avenue and 35th Street to gather information for the installation of a new sewer main. The interference of the ConEd steam mains, and the need to relocate them, will delay completion of the project.

During the next months, the city contractor will support ConEd and complete steam main work where it crosses the infrastructure replacement project at 3rd Avenue and 33rd Street. This will allow them to complete the installation of the new 36” Trunk Water Main and appurtenances on the east side of 3rd Avenue between 32nd Street and 34th Street. There will be no water shutdown to buildings or residents.

The portion of the Trunk Water Main that was shut down will then be disinfected and reenergized. The city contractor will also continue excavating test pits on 35th Street between 2nd Avenue and QMT Exit to gather necessary information so Con Edison can coordinate efforts with the city contractor regarding the installation of the proposed Trunk Water Main at the mentioned location. Excavating test pits will continue on 1st Avenue and 35th Street for a new sewer main installation; and work will continue on an approved steam main relocation due to interference at 2nd Avenue and 33rd Street.

During construction hours, you can expect increased levels of dust, noise and heavy equipment. In addition, vehicular travel lane closures and detours should also be expected. The project liaison is Karen Flores, who can be reached at 646-768-9105 or email 2ndaveccl@gmail.com. The trees must remain protected by the wooden fences for the duration of the project.

Photo (top): Installation of 36" water main at 3rd Avenue and 33rd Street, part of the MED607 project.

 

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