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LIRR inching toward Grand Central

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LIRR inching toward Grand Central

 

A 200-ton steel inchworm deep below the Upper East Side is crunching 50 feet of granite a day, painstakingly clearing the way for LIRR trains that will eventually arrive at Grand Central Terminal.

 

The MTA began constructing the $10 million tunnel boring machine eight months ago and launched it from a tunnel at East 63rd Street and Second Avenue three weeks ago, and it's moved 600 feet so far. The MTA offered a glimpse Thursday into the underground toil of what is possibly the nation's largest transportation construction project.

 

"Each foot that this machine moves forward can fill a dump truck," said Edward Kennedy, an MTA consultant on the project

 

Full story and video: AMNY icon_offsite.png - November 9, 2007

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Great article and video. I bet LIRR customers can't wait for this project to be completed.

 

That's an impressive machine. 70,000 pounds of force.:eek:

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And to add to that, over at the Grand Central end, on certain tracks, the 3rd rail is being torn up and replaced and possibly some platforms may get worked on and little trackage might be replaced. But so far its only 3rd rail.

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