More delays for the 2nd Ave. subway

July 22, 2009 7:28:00 AM PDT
New York City's Second Avenue subway project has reportedly been delayed at least a year. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is releasing a review Wednesday of the project on Manhattan's East Side.

And residents say they knew what was coming.

Delays in construction of the Second Avenue subway didn't exactly hit them like a ton of bricks, but it's still frustrating.

They've been down these tracks before. Originally, the plan was for all of the construction to be finished by 2012. That was 5 or six years ago.

Since then, the completion date has been pushed to 2015, and now it could be 2017.

What's slowing the project down? According to the MTA, the slowdown is caused by an overheated construction market and a limited pool of contractors available for large, complex projects.

No doubt the economy is an issue.

"The result includes revised budgets and timelines, but most importantly a mitigation strategy and management plan that is realistic and achievable," the MTA said after completing a year long review.

When the new subway is completed, it's expected to take some of the pressure off of the often crowded Lexington line.

Until then, residents living around Second Avenue will have to live with everything the construction brings with it.


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