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East Side Access Project Encounters Another Setback

As part of the East Side Access megaproject, the MTA is building a new concourse for the Long Island Rail Road under Grand Central Terminal. This photo shows progress as of October 2013. (credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin)

As part of the East Side Access megaproject, the MTA is building a new concourse for the Long Island Rail Road under Grand Central Terminal. This photo shows progress as of October 2013. (credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The long-awaited project to link the Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Terminal has encountered another setback.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is investigating five sinkholes discovered this month at a Queens train junction where much of the East Side Access work is being done, Newsday reported.

The agency is also looking into possible impacts on the project.

The rail link is projected to be completed in 2023 and cost nearly $11 billion. In 2006, the agency estimated the East Side Access project could be finished by the end of 2013 at a cost of $6.3 billon.

Work has been temporarily suspended at the Harold Interlocking in Sunnyside while the cause of the ground collapses is investigated. The location is just east of the tunnels that bring the LIRR into and out of Penn Station.

The MTA said it expects the investigation to be completed in about two weeks.

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