East Side Access Queens Bored Structures
Granite/Traylor Brothers/Frontier-Kemper JV
All tunnel work is complete, all equipment has demobilized, and all personnel have moved off the site.
The project was awarded in September 2009 with a bid price of $659 million. Scope of the work included the excavation and the precast concrete lining of four bored tunnels beneath an active rail storage yard. Totaling more than 10,000 lf and approximately 22 ft in diameter, the tunnels were excavated utilizing two tunnel boring machines, each weighing more than 500 tons. The work also included the excavation of three emergency exit structures, underpinning of existing bridges and the demolition of various rail yard buildings.
The Queens Bored Tunnels and Structures contract is part of the Long Island Rail Road’s East Side Access project and is the last major link in the tunnels from Queens to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. When completed, the East Side Access project will bring Long Island Rail Road service, the busiest commuter railroad in the country, into New York’s Grand Central Terminal, providing a direct route between Long Island and eastern Queens to Manhattan’s eastside.