Pictures Show Gargantuan Subway Construction Project

Most New Yorkers and visitors to New York rely on the subway system to get them around the city but building, maintaining and managing the subway system is a gargantuan task which also takes an enormous amount of time and effort.

Understandably drilling, digging and constructing under the most populated city in the USA is both costly and complicated. That is why a recent article which demonstrates the enormity of the task is so interesting. The article features a number of pictures which show the current largest project taking place at the Second Avenue Subway line.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has decided to complete some of its incomplete projects which were started as early as 1929 and the 1960s. The incomplete tunnels are now being turned into working train lines, to support the growing population and infrastructure needs of the city.

The pictures in this post were released by the MTA on their Flickr, detailing the ongoing process of construction of 2 major projects.

The Second Avenue subway began construction in 1929 and was started and stopped many times since then through the decades. New Yorkers actually refer to the tunnel as “The Line That Time Forgot”.

This is a look at the under-construction 96th Street station.

This is a look at the under-construction 96th Street station.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/these-stunning-photos-show-subway-tunnel-construction-in-manhattan-2014-12

 

This is a look at the under-construction 86th Street station.

This is a look at the under-construction 86th Street station.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/these-stunning-photos-show-subway-tunnel-construction-in-manhattan-2014-12

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Phase 1 is scheduled to open in 2016 and will serve as an extension of the Q line. The 96th Street Station, shown here, is one of three stations being built during Phase 1.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/these-stunning-photos-show-subway-tunnel-construction-in-manhattan-2014-12

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The rest of the 8.5 mile subway line is currently in the planning phase. It is estimated that will cost more than $US17 billion. This is the 86th Street station.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/these-stunning-photos-show-subway-tunnel-construction-in-manhattan-2014-12

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The other long-gestating project is East Side Access. The goal of the project is to ease commutes from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan through a new 8-track terminal below Grand Central Station. This is a view of the new terminal.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/these-stunning-photos-show-subway-tunnel-construction-in-manhattan-2014-12

During huge projects like this, which are also usually more high risk than others above ground, it is common for workers to suffer injuries and in the New York subway construction, there have been workers who have lost their lives. It is important that when the hazards are expanded because of unique aspects such as having to work underground (or working in old tunnels which may have degraded over the decades), that safety is prioritised.

In Oz workers must be properly trained and supervised. Employers also need to ensure that they are providing workers with a safe work environment and system of work.

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The construction induction course required by all workers in Oz (engaged in construction work) is The White Card course. Following the harmonisation of occupational health and safety laws a few years ago, various state induction cards were replaced by the nationally recognised White Card. Learn more about the White Card here!

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