Plans to extend the Second Avenue subway have been in the works for years, and Governor Kathy Hochul just awarded family-owned heavy civil contractor C.A.C. Industries, Inc. a $182 million utility relocation contract to move forward with phase two.
The new contract is the first of four for the new line that will service East Harlem. Considered one of NYC’s most train-dependent neighborhoods, residents will be able to travel from 96 Street to 125 Street on the Q line. This will provide transportation for 100,000 daily riders on average.
“We’re moving full speed ahead to extend the Second Avenue Subway to East Harlem, expanding transit access for thousands of New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said. “This critical milestone will put shovels in the ground for the next phase of this transformative project. East Harlem has dreamed of transit access for decades — and we’re committed to getting the job done.”
During Phase one of the project, the Q line was extended from 63 Street to 96 Street. It was the city’s largest subway system expansion in the past five decades. Phase two will be responsible for an additional 1.5 mile extension on the Q line, from 96 Street north to 125 Street and west on 125 Street to Park Avenue.
Two new stations will be constructed along Second Avenue at 106 Street and 116 Street. Plus, an entrance will be added to Park Avenue in order for commuters to make convenient transfers to the Metro-North Railroad 125 Street Station.
After understanding the mistakes of from phase one, the first million dollar contract will fund the relocation of the underground utilities from 105 Street to 110 Street on Second Avenue to 106 Street Station, where the future site will be. Since NYC’s underground utilities network is so complex, relocating utilities prior to the station and tunnel construction will be an immense time and money saver.
“Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway will change lives and expand opportunities by bringing transit equity to the East Harlem community who have waited decades for this. The expansion of the Second Avenue Subway will get more than 100,000 daily riders to jobs, education and recreation not only in the city but throughout the region,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber.