Posted February 22, 2017

Construction for Hudson Tunnel to last seven years in Manhattan

Amtrak's $24 billlion project will expand its northeast transportation corridor.

Construction activities in New York City will last for seven years as Amtrak builds its multibillion-dollar train tunnel underneath the Hudson River, an official said late on Tuesday, disclosing how long disruptions will likely last in a part of Manhattan already jammed up by massive real estate development.

The tunnel project would also lead to the creation of a permanent ventilation shaft potentially so tall that it could block views of the river from the High Line, an elevated railway that is now a park and major tourist attraction.

"We obviously want to make sure that whatever we do has the lightest touch possible on the natural and the built environment," NJ Transit Chief Planner Jeremy Colangelo-Bryan said during a presentation to the local community board.

The new tunnel, considered one of the most important transportation projects in the nation, is a major component of Amtrak's $24 billion Gateway Program to repair and expand its U.S. northeast transportation corridor.

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Source: Reuters