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MTA Screwed up Culver Viaduct Rehab

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New York City Transit
 
Project:    T7070345    
Description:    Culver Line Structure Rehabilitation Wrap-Up - Design Only    
Category:    Line Structures    
Element:    Line Structure Rehabilitation    
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This project will provide design funding for a wrap-up contract to the rehabilitation of the Culver Line Viaduct completed in 2016. Outstanding issues include unsatisfactory drainage, leaking expansion joints and premature deterioration of structural braces. Construction will be addressed in a future capital program. Schedule dates are not available, due to project being under development.

http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_head.html?PROJNUM=t7070345&PLTYPE=1&DISPLAYALL=Y

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Sounds like A+ level work from the MTA to me! They must not have had enough "supervisors " standing around and scratching their crotches during the construction to catch these errors. 

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Can we get rid of lowest bidder and go with realistic bids and quality of product instead?

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29 minutes ago, Deucey said:

Can we get rid of lowest bidder and go with realistic bids and quality of product instead?

That depends on those who seek to enforce that mandate.

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5 hours ago, QM1to6Ave said:

"supervisors " standing around and scratching their crotches

That’s pretty tame. I’m pretty sure they’ve got their fingers elsewhere given the shit work.

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5 hours ago, CenSin said:

That’s pretty tame. I’m pretty sure they’ve got their fingers elsewhere given the shit work.

More like a fist-full in the shit.

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Great story from Jose Martinez:

https://thecity.nyc/2019/07/mta-needs-to-patch-subway-viaduct-it-just-spent-275-million-dollars-fixing.html

MTA NEEDS TO PATCH SUBWAY VIADUCT IT JUST SPENT $275M FIXING

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A towering stretch of the F and G subway lines in Brooklyn that recently underwent a $275 million renovation needs more work, THE CITY has learned.

The Culver Viaduct — a steel-and-concrete structure that spans the Gowanus Canal — is plagued by “unsatisfactory drainage, leaking expansion joints and premature deterioration of structural braces” only three years after being rebuilt, according to MTA records.

The transit agency has set aside $666,000 in its current five-year Capital Program for a design study on how to fix the lingering issues of the 87.5-foot-tall structure, which includes the Smith-Ninth Streets and Fourth Avenue stations.

The project is “under development,” the records say, so construction costs will be addressed in a future budget. It’s listed on the agency’s online Capital Program Dashboard as a “wrap-up” to the viaduct work completed in 2016.

“They should have gotten it right the first time they did the work,” said Ivan Santiago, 63, who took an F train to Smith-Ninth Streets on Monday. “And it’s lousy that they have to do more work so soon.”

Reconstruction of the mile-long Culver Viaduct dates back close to a decade, as crews replaced the four tracks on top of the structure, waterproofed its concrete decks and installed new track drains. The project, in part, was supposed to combat deterioration to the 86-year-old viaduct’s crumbling concrete casing, whose underside was partially wrapped in protective netting.

 

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Not surprised by this actually. I recall the blue construction walls on the southbound platform of 4 At- 9th Street being left there for YEARS, with them finally being removed earlier this year so we can see the large windows once again. Plus, does anyone remember when the mosaics at Smith-9th streets were literally cardboard cut-outs until the MTS got called out on it?

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On 7/28/2019 at 4:34 PM, Lex said:

That depends on those who seek to enforce that mandate.

Are these bids sealed or open to public comments?

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19 minutes ago, Deucey said:

Are these bids sealed or open to public comments?

I'm not sure, but I wouldn't be quick to assume they'd be open for comment.

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38 minutes ago, Lex said:

I'm not sure, but I wouldn't be quick to assume they'd be open for comment.

I guess you can’t do like corporate America and drop the cheapest and most expensive bids by default since (MTA) only has three bidders.

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On 7/28/2019 at 1:03 PM, Deucey said:

Can we get rid of lowest bidder and go with realistic bids and quality of product instead?

Good luck with getting that through Albany and the construction lobby.

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