Friday, November 22, 2013

Blasting Operations Now Complete

The MTA announced today that blasting operations for Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway Project are now complete.

The final blast, which concluded the excavation for an entrance located on the north side of 86th Street and 2nd Avenue, took place on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5:21 p.m.

Controlled blasting operations began on November 4, 2009, with the first blast at the 96th St. station cavern site. Controlled blasting was used in the construction of all of the cavern excavations for underground structures for the new subway stations at 72nd, 86th, and 96th streets.

After enduring four years of intermittent blasting under Second Avenue, neighborhood residents are without a doubt happy that this part of the construction effort is now complete.

Here are two videos of actual blasts from the project:

"Blasting on Second Avenue"
The Launch Box Blog

Second Avenue Subway - 8/2/2012 Update
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box:

Second Avenue Subway Reaches Major Milestones
MTA Press Release

Underground / Aboveground: Touring the Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center
By Cassim Shepard and Daniel Rojo
Urban Omnibus - 11/22/13


MTA Second Avenue Subway Newsletters
Volume XIX, November 2013

Lex Av/63rd St Station Area

72nd St Station Area

86th St Station Area

96th St Station Area