Volume 18 • Issue 27 | November 18 - 24, 2005

The PATH to rebuilding / Progress Report

UPDATE

Renderings of the Fulton Street Transit Center.

Subway projects

Construction continues on the renovation of two Downtown subway stations.

Work at the Fulton Street Transit Center, located on Broadway between Fulton and John Sts., is currently being concentrated on the new southbound and northbound entrances at the 4,/5 station as well as on the stairways and fare control areas at Cortlandt St., Maiden Lane and Broadway. Renovations to the 2/3 station on the east side of William St. between Fulton and Ann Sts. continues.

The goal of the $785 million project is to make sense of the maze of subway platforms and connections to the 4/5, A/C, J/M/Z, 2/3. The center will have an underground connection to World Trade Center area stops of the R/W, 1 and E subway lines as well as the new PATH terminal. The original complettion date of December 2007 has been pushed back to July 2009.

The Cortlandt Street N/R/W station, which was closed to allow a connection between the Fulton Street station and the PATH station, is still slated to re-open in February and, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesperson Mercedes Padilla, no other long term station closings are anticipated in the coming months.

At the new South Ferry stop , construction of the new station immediately west of the current station is underway. The new station, a $450 million project, will include a turn-around loop. Other improvements include two straight, full-length tracks, a free transfer connection to the R/W line Whitehall Street Station and three new entrances.

Construction of the 1 line tunnel which runs beneath Battery Park began in late October. The construction only “slices off a sliver of the lawn,” said Steve Lagerstrom, Operations Assistant of the Battery Conservancy of the construction’s impact on the park. Further intrusion into the park to appease construction work is not expected nor is in agreement with earlier discussions. No portion of the park will be taken permanently. Once the walls of the underground tunnel are complete sometime next summer, construction will migrate entirely below ground, Lagerstrom said. According to a Metropolitan Transportation capital construction update Tuesday, the station completion is still on target for December 2007.

—Caitlin Eichelberger


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