Report: Conveyor problem stalling subway project

The tunnel boring machine is assembled in the tunnel below Second Avenue, Friday, May 14, 2010, in New York. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched the tunnel boring machine on Friday that will dig the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway. The 485-ton, 450-foot-long machine will dig through approximately 50 feet of Manhattan bedrock per day as it completes two runs from 92nd Street to 63rd Street by November 2011. (Mary Altaffer)

July 27, 2010 3:42:43 AM PDT
There are reports Tuesday of some pretty substantial delays on the Second Avenue subway project.

Tunneling for the new subway began in early June, but workers have reportedly drilled only two blocks south from 92nd Street because of problems with a conveyor belt.

The belt is said to have repeated trouble when it comes to clearing debris out of the site.

The problems were discussed at Monday's MTA committee meeting.

Still, MTA officials say the project is still on track to finish by the end of 2016.