New Photos Reveal More Of The Second Avenue Subway Dig

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The dig of the Second Avenue Subway tunnel has upset neighbors on the Upper East Side, some of whom claim regular blasting is damaging their homes and property.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has released some new photos depicting the progress of the work underground.

The images come by way of the MTA’s Flickr stream.

Click here to see photos of the Second Avenue Subway construction.

In one photo, you can see construction workers and equipment mining the cavern that will ultimately house the 72nd Street Station. The cavern is massive and towers above the workers and equipment. Another image shows men and equipment trying to carve an entrance to the 72nd Street Station. Two other images show an arch that will be used for the tunnel and the effort to waterproof the east tunnel.

MTA Capital Construction says it has made an effort to “re-sequence construction work activities” in a bid to minimize disruptions to the neighborhood.

Area residents have also complained of a “skunk-like” smell coming from part of the construction site.

What do you make of the construction of the Second Avenue subway? Are you satisfied with the pace? Do you think there’s a health and safety issue? Sound off in our comments section below. 

  • R Shogan

    It’s a total waste of money and a fiasco. The powers that be should have considered the cost ($4.5 billion to go two miles) and the disruption to the people who live in the area. Who needs it. I get to work just fine right now without it. I do live on 83rd st and , who knew that would be the major hub of an 86th st station. I will have to move when the blasting starts.

  • william m shaffro

    the second ave subway has been a disaster from it’s inception. stores and restaurants have gone out of business, in addition to residents lives been adversely affected. the best solution would involve fillling in the holes and consider the whole deal [done]…… the final cost will be millions over budget and accomplish very little…….

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