While complaints over construction dust and debris fill the air along Second Ave., the MTA has asked Upper East Siders for help. With the current authorization for the authority’s five-year capital plan set to expire at the end of the year, the MTA will not be able to continue apace with its big-ticket items — including the Second Ave. Subway — without legislative action. To that end, the authority is urging Upper East Siders who do not want to deluged with a construction slowdown to push their elected representatives to find a solution.
“I would encourage all of you to contact elected officials, particularly the state elected officials who represent you, to encourage them to appropriate the money,” MTA Senior Vice President for Capital Construction William Goodrich said to CB8 last week. “Without additional funding, we won’t have the ability to procure and award the remaining three contracts.” Those three remaining contracts are for the SAS stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets.
Meanwhile, as of the June 22 meeting, the Tunnel Boring Machine had reached south of 77th St. during its east bore, and the MTA has been working to overhaul the 63rd St. station for service on both tracks. The authority also anticipates adding the so-called model block wrap to construction sites up and down the avenue by Labor Day. For more on those beautification efforts, check out my previous coverage.