President of MTA Construction & Development Janno Lieber today announced that work to repair the F line’s tunnel under the East River has been completed, on time and on budget.
The tunnel is the last of the MTA’s 11 under-river tunnels that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy’s corrosive floodwaters to be repaired and made more resilient against future storms.
Here is a short video on the completion of the F Line’s tunnel under the East River.
MTA Video via Twitter
Despite the pandemic, the MTA worked safely and smartly to complete this major project, leveraging the innovations of the L train tunnel project which was successfully completed last fall. The tunnel rehabilitation was part of the $2 billion in work accelerated over the summer during lower ridership by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the MTA.
“With the completion of this work, the MTA has rehabilitated all 11 tunnels damaged during Sandy, further fortifying the system against future natural disasters,” Lieber said. “We completed this tunnel work in record time using strategies similar to those we pioneered on the L train tunnel project: use state-of-the art technology and work smarter and faster so that the project costs less and impacts customers for a shorter time.”
“This project was made possible by Federal funds for Superstorm Sandy recovery and resiliency work, which highlights the crucial important role that Federal funding plays for infrastructure work at a time that Congress and President Biden are preparing a major new infrastructure bill,” said Sarah Feinberg, Interim President of MTA New York City Transit. “Renewed infrastructure means more reliability. Our customers now have a system that is more resilient than ever.”
For additional information on the project, please visit MTA’s website.