Revitalizing Manhattan’s Far West Site
The New York City Department of City Planning and its construction managers have been hoping to find a way to revitalize Manhattan’s Far West Side, and it they may have finally found the solution. The plan? To extend New York City’s No. 7 subway line into the Far West Side, giving it a connection to the city’s prominent Midtown. According to The Journal of Professional CM/PM Management, phase one of the project was completed six months before the deadline with $56.4 million dollars left in the project’s coffers to continue the extension. Although Mayor Bloomberg initially hoped that the line could be stretched all the way to New Jersey, MTA chairman Joe Lhota is doubtful that that will happen in this century—if ever.
For now, the city will have to be satisfied with the 9, 432 feet of new tunnel that has brought commerce, recreation, and new neighborhoods to the once dismal Hudson Yards. In order to bring about these fruits, construction management companies Hill International, LiRo, and HDR exerted quite a bit of labor. Working 110 feet below ground level, workers used two double-shielded tunnel boring machines to create the passage to the west side of Manhattan from Times Square.
Despite the initial phase being completed ahead of schedule, the MTA predicts that the remaining phases of the project—which would extend the subway line to 11th Avenue and West 34th street—won’t be completed until the middle of 2014.
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